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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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31.

Oh A 💛💋    

I'm surprise he hasn't annoced he has an STD !

766 days ago
32.

KicksandGiggles    

Who was interviewed? The little head is the source of Kobe's thought process and guides his every breath. So Mr.LH Bryant would have made an accurate and interview. This interview by the big head is just cake icing.

766 days ago
33.

ELLIE    

EXCUSE ME WHAT THE HELL. THAT MADE YOU A BETTER PERSON, HOW COME YOUR WIFE FILED FOR DIVORCE MANY TIMES. I NEEDED A GOOD LAUGH AND I SURE GOT IT WHEN I READ YOUR COMMENT.
YOUR PANTS ARE STILL UNZIPPED AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE.

766 days ago
34.

ibjujub    

The dude has about 50 million in the bank,,boooo fricken hooo! Everything he's gone through goes with the territory. If he would learn to keep his (blank) in his (blank), he probably wouldn't have near the number of problems that he faces.

766 days ago
35.

Disgusted    

Wonder if Kobe's victim can say the same? Wonder if she and her family that suffered from the death threats and character defamation because HE made her a victim could say the same as Kobe?

766 days ago
36.

TRUTHIS    

REALLY? THEN WHY DO YOU CONTINUE TO CHEAT ON YOUR WIFE? WHAT DOOFUSS

766 days ago
37.

raven    

SHUT UP Kobe .. you act like you were the victim in that case. it changed you ... how do you think it changed the woman you raped? you are a pathetic excuse for a man - and your wife .. she's not much better, putting up with this from you just for the bling and the paycheck. you actually deserve each other.

766 days ago
38.

Lady_ELLE    

So... Kobe is now a better "rapist" person?

766 days ago
39.

CrisDizzle    

How can a 'rapist' like Kobe Bryant play and use the 'victim' card...??? get it together will you #24 you're not a better person, period!

766 days ago
40.

liz    

pig

766 days ago
41.

jokerchick    

this is so old, who cares...leave this fcuking douche bag alone already

766 days ago
42.

DaveT    

Innocent men are wrongly convicted of rape all the time, accused of raping women when they didn't....like Kobe ;) Innocent Project website has ample proof.

765 days ago
43.

Steelerchick    

So what's his girlfriend have to say about that????

765 days ago
44.

jak    

Hope he gets it that the whole mess was his creation alone. Pretty simple, he can do the right thing and less stress or choose the wrong thing and deal with the consequences. Either way he owns his choice and outcome.

765 days ago
45.

KJ    

You guys are funny nobody ever says that before Mike Tyson was convicted of rape William Kennedy SMITH WAS ACQUITED. Kobe is not the last athlete or professional person to have an affair. He just happens to be a minority with money. You guys will all jump on Kobe but were is your outrage for Penn State. My point is neither situation is right but don't go hard at one thing and go soft and turn away from the other.

753 days ago
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