10 SuperStar Athletes Involved in Major Scandals
Black Enterprise Magazine July/August 2018 Issue

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One of the most publicized trials of all time took place when Kobe Bryant was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in 2003. The Colorado native claimed that Bryant had raped her on June 30, 2003, at the Posh Hotel in Eagle, Colorado. Bryant is arguably one of the best basketball players in NBA history. He was married to Vanessa Laine Bryant at the time of the accusation and denied the rape happened, saying the sex was consensual. Bryant lost numerous endorsements, and the trial changed the way thousands of fans viewed him, however, years later, his popularity and reputation has been restored after winning several NBA titles. Bryant has said the Colorado trial changed and challenged him as a person and made his family stronger in the long run.

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