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Vanessa Bryant

I'd Support Kobe ...

Even If He Was a Loser

8/17/2012 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Vanessa Bryant claims she's not a shallow gold-digging, championship-hoarding basketball wife ... insisting she would have married Kobe Bryant even if he NEVER won an NBA title.

Bryant is finally responding to critics who skewered her for the interview she did with New York Magazine in which she said, "I certainly would not want to be married to somebody that can't win championships."

Now, Vanessa tells TMZ ... "I'm sad to hear that comments in my New York  Magazine interview are being misconstrued and taken out of context. I have and will continue to support my husband’s dreams."

Vanessa continues, "I have been with Kobe for 13 years. I accepted his marriage proposal PRIOR to him winning any of his 5 championships with his teammates."

"For anyone to think otherwise is wrong. It is not about being married to a ‘winner’ it is about our sacrifice as a family. “

FYI -- Kobe and Vanessa got engaged in May 2000 ... and he won his first championship in June of 2000.

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31.

Sunset    

Exactly what sacrifices has her family made? I know Kobe had to sacrifice money to keep his rape victim quiet but that's his cash. She doesn't generate any kind of income.

712 days ago
32.

Bob    

BREAKING NEWS:
"Kobe Bryant has just announced that he is quiting basketball and is donating all money to help the homeless. From now on Kobe will be spending his days working in a car wash."

What do you say now Vanessa?

712 days ago
33.

Sunset    

"I accepted his marriage proposal PRIOR to him winning any of his 5 championships with his teammates."

Hahaha! I love how she makes it sound like she was so humble. As if he didn't already have an NBA salary. She should've used some of his dough to put herself through school. At least she'd be using it for something constructive while making herself less of an idiot.

712 days ago
34.

Eric in L.A.    

Yea Sure. I would have loved to see when Kobe went to Vanessa parents when she was 17 years old. Instead of a Rich NBA Star he was just some gang member from the hood. Do you think her parents would have let her date him. LOL

712 days ago
35.

MIKE    

She would support him provided he still had big money!Gold digging tramp!

712 days ago
36.

Throwback kid    

Vanessa is either a very understanding woman or a doormat? How many woman would stay with a man who stood trial for rape but at the very least had unprotected anal sex with a girl he just met in a hotel? Most woman would have thrown Kobe and his gold medasl out of the house, but Vanessa seems to worship money so she always stays

712 days ago
37.

Karmagal    

She is full of crap. She is trying to back peddle for her horrible comment. This chick is poorly educated she has never had a job she has others raise her kids. The only reason she took Kobe back from the FIRST time he was caught is cuz she cant go anywhere. She wants his cash plain and simple. And that was proven when he gave her a huge diamond when he cheated the first time. She is just horrible. What are you teaching ur kids honey? NOT MUCH..

712 days ago
38.

Skins    

I'd like to see her do some porn

712 days ago
39.

tiff321    

she just want money from him idc what people say she just want his money and thats all

712 days ago
40.

Chase    

I bet her ***** smells like Cholula Hot Sauce. You know black folk LOVE hot sauce on their fish....

712 days ago
41.

Trooper Tom    

Who kicked the woodwork and let her out no gives a rip what she say's another nobody getting 5 minutes of fame

712 days ago
42.

Sabrina    

I just heard a friend say her co-worker gets call and flowers from Kobe and that shes been sleeping with me for the past few months. Once a cheater always a cheater.

712 days ago
43.

Sandra     

This woman is a gold digger!! Kobe picked a loser when he chose her and will be paying for the rest of his life!!

712 days ago
44.

Ishagn    

I'm pretty sure she's not the only one still married with their husbands for the money .

712 days ago
45.

Dan    

She is brilliant! She can stay married to a rapist though.

712 days ago
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