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Kobe Bryant

Rape Case Helped Me

Become a Better Person

7/16/2012 11:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF



Kobe Bryant
says his rape case in Eagle, CO helped him grow as a person ... saying he not only learned a lot about himself ... but matured in the process.

In an extremely rare moment with sports interview guru Graham Bensinger ... Kobe opened up about his state of mind during the 2003 legal battle ... calling the court proceedings a "dark time."

Kobe explained, "I think it challenges who you are as a person. To have to go through something like that not only individually but as a family. For the Lakers organization, my teammates. It was extremely difficult and you kinda had to do some soul searching, because you’re fighting numerous battles at the same time. You just kind of try to figure your way through all of this mess. And the only thing that you can do is put one foot in front of the other, and just continue to move forward."

Kobe ultimately settled with his accuser and admitted no guilt ... but did fess up to cheating on his wife Vanessa. He apologized ... and reportedly dropped $4 mil on some make-up jewelry.

During the in interview with Graham, Kobe revealed that he has discussed the case with NFL superstar Ray Lewis ... who was once charged with (and cleared of) murder ... because he could relate to the kind of pressure Bryant was facing.

"Other players can’t relate to that sort of stuff, to that type of pressure," Bryant said ... "That’s real pressure."

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61 COMMENTS

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16.

anony    

BULL$#!T

642 days ago
17.

c    

Hmmm, too bad he didn’t “mature” and “grow as a person” enough to stop ****ing skanks. His wife might not have left his ass.

642 days ago
18.

Superman    

Ray Lewis was never cleared of murder. He got a sweet deal from the prosecutor to accept a lesser charge and to testify against his co-defendants. More celebrity justice BS! And like Kobe, Ray Lewis settled out of court on the civil lawsuit.

642 days ago
19.

DaveT    

The Innocence Project dot org
Innocent men are wrongfully convicted of rape all the time

642 days ago
20.

DopeLikeCoke    

You'll always be a rapist that looks like master splinter in my book

642 days ago
21.

billy    

Boo Hoo... So much "pressure" as you call it.... Get this boy a Wah-burger and some french cries...

642 days ago
22.

Wocka    

Hey, how can a rapist become a better person unless he acknowledges what he has done and goes on from there? He was damn lucky to get off. CASE CLOSED.

642 days ago
23.

Ronnie    

and yet you are still cheating on your wife...lesson learned indeed....cheat, don't rape and don't get caught...her is such a douche.

642 days ago
24.

Her Imperial and Royal Majesty    

He´s not being clear. It sounds like he learned alot from the rape, not from being tried for rape. This is sick.

642 days ago
25.

john wayne gacy    


sure;

it helped him grow as a person to
about 6 inches and was challenged
not to miss the groupies chin ..........

641 days ago
26.

Flying Blind    

I bet the girl who got Raped didn't grow from the experience.

641 days ago
27.

Dino the Dinosaur    

yuck.

641 days ago
28.

john johnson    

ok, but you STILL a rapist and a fornicator, and ray ray is a facilitator for a murder. so no saints here.

641 days ago
29.

phelanphantastic    

The only reason it made him a better man is because he got cought. Otherwise we would not be talking about it.

641 days ago
30.

Sultry    

It challenges "you" as a person. Can YOU say "me". After all it didn't challenge me as a person it challenged YOU. You did it and are still doing it. No one is fooled. Liar. Cheater.

641 days ago
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