Friday, December 16th, 2011 at 7:30 pm  |  105 responses

Report: Kobe Bryant’s Wife Vanessa Files for Divorce

According to TMZ, it might be splittsville for Kobe and the missus. Wow: “Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ … Vanessa — who stuck by Kobe after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman in 2003 — decided to end the marriage because she believes Kobe has been unfaithful … again. As one source puts it, ‘She’s been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she’s finally had enough,’ adding, ‘This one is the straw that broke the camel’s back.’ And our sources say … Kobe ‘desperately’ wants to win Vanessa back and will do ‘whatever it takes’ to save their 10 1/2 year marriage. According to the legal docs, Vanessa is asking for joint custody of their 2 daughters — 8-year-old Natalia and 5-year-old Giana — but Vanessa is asking that Kobe get visitation rights, which means she wants the kids in her care most of the time. We’ve learned the couple has NO PRENUP, so 29-year-old Vanessa is entitled to half of the empire Kobe built over the last decade. She’s also requesting spousal support … which is typical in divorce cases. Kobe, who filed his response to the divorce minutes after Vanessa filed her petition, says he will pay her spousal support.”

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  • JR

    Good, no more distractions for the Mamba!

  • http://slamonline.com AllDayEveryDay

    bad things come in 3… no cp3… no vanessa… fuuuuuuuu

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Someone gimme her math. She’s hot and she’s about to be paid. The kid could use a sugar mama. Had this happened a few weeks ago she would’ve made my Smash List. Click on my name to see what i’m talkin’ about…

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Kobe might be a d*ck. But divorce sucks. Best to both of them if they can’t work things out. A word to Kobe, stop cheating homie…


    If I could be like Mike . . . This shouldn’t be a surprise. Kobe’s been cheating, it was only a matter of time. One of Kobe’s lovers recently sued him because she said he promised to marry her. Regardless of whether or not that’s true (it probably isn’t), it still shows he’s gettin’ involved with crazy women.

  • rob stewart

    Money can’t buy you love or happiness

  • DuckTape The Mob

    Kobe bout to run thru hella hoes now

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Damn. Not surprised. Hopefully doesn’t affect the season. Other than that this should be private stuff.

  • http://www.aol.com wagers

    I actually am surprised, you always saw her at all the games and stuff. Sucks they didn’t sign a prenup too, Vanessa is about to get PAID.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com Enigmatic

    O promoting the site!
    However, after you click his name, or mine to see what he’s talkin bout. Scroll down to O’s Smash List. After that stick around a while.
    Anyways, yo Vanessa Bryant bout to be the richest Chicana….well, ever.
    Si se puede!

  • feez_22

    smh kobe about to lose half his sh*t. After hearing that kobe has a son in italy well… this was bound to happen.

  • http://www.pisforprops.com jarrett

    if u’ve been my wife for 10 years and got both my kids, and i’ve been cheating, yea u deserve half


    i dnt understand how wealthy dudes are still getting married with no prenup!!!!!

  • alphabeta

    Hey, Kobe….
    Who’s this? Tiger.
    Would you like to come to my Tiger Invitational Golf Challenge…
    What’s that?
    It’s where we tag team and run through 18 hoes…….i mean holes.
    Count me in dawg…..i’m about to be divorced.

  • http://wikipedia.org Eddie1

    Illuminati!!! When will yall leave my boy mamba alone? You swept the leg then you laid an egg (Lamar) and now you break the peg. WHY?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Co-sign nbk… This really is no one else’s business.

  • http://www.slamonline.com PapaDuck

    Kobe has to give her half of his rings…. now she bout to have more rings than Lebron

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Eboy just broke out the cigars. Like NBK said, not surprised, if it doesn’t affect his game, private business.


    Divorce is hard enough as it is, but even more so during the holidays. I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Hopefully it’s an amicable split.


    LOL @PapaDuck

  • http://thahiphopcorner.com Kevin

    LMAO stupid, just downright stupid. Vanessa on the phone with Juanita right now lol. And he didnt have a pre-nup, she taking half of EVERYTHING. How dumb can he be?

  • Ashley


  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    NO Prenup? Kobe, you know you done f*cked up, don’t you? You know it, don’t you? You know you done f*cked up *Bill Duke in Menace II Society*

  • lexluther757

    She’s a Clippers fan now

  • Shecky Shabazz

    ^You gotta cross your legs and point when you say that

  • Shecky Shabazz

    that last comment was @JTaylor 21

  • Jose

    Lakers are in for a long (Shortened) Season

  • tin

    should’ve got that insured geico for your money-money :)

  • Albie1kenobi

    The lack of prenup was the exact reason Kobe and his dad’s relationship got icy. Proves that sometimes you should listen to your parents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/joe.l.brewer3 BlackPhantom

    *sigh* oh well, I hope Kobe is able to recover. Good luck to him.

  • sun-e

    I’m all for keeping people’s private lives private. What’s debatable, though, is whether or not a divorce like this will have an impact on a player’s game. Kobe, at least from an outsider’s perspective, seems to have a great relationship with his daughters. They’re still pretty young, and I’m sure he’s gotta feel bad about them having to go through this. Still, Kobe is one of the mentally tougher guys in the league, so maybe he’ll be able to block everything out once he’s on the court. Best of luck to him, his wife and especially his kids.

  • http://www.michaelcho.com m cho

    Well I’m guessing Karl Malone will pick her up on the waiver wire.

  • http://shinefluid@aol.com yada

    SHE DONT SESERVE NO DAMN HALF!! lol that ish kills me. she pose get paid for what? being a mother? sitting at home?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick Tha Quick

    Latest reports say that David Stern has vetoed the divorce citing “marriage reasons”.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tarzan Cooper

    M cho wins! Damn kobe, why would you do things to lose a great home?

  • Tofu

    man…when are guys gonna learn..prenup man prenup!!! dunno why you’d wanna give half to ya wife when don’t even do it for ya mom

  • LaKid

    While divorce is terrible, I gotta say, Kobe is going to be a bad man this year. He isn’t one to let things get to him, so with this CP3 veto, CP3 to Clippers trade, an aging roster, no Lamar, now a divorce, you know he is going to be looking to take some heads off.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty


  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty


  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    If Kobe continued to cheat on his wife, he did it to himself, to bad he will regret it when he is tired of running around with loose easy women only after his name. Kobe needs another ring to heal him from this pain. BOOK IT!!

  • mclfy

    Should have listened to Kanye when he said” if you aint no punk Holla we want prenup” guess kobe is a punk. Mamba is still going to get us back to the Finals……. I hope.

  • http://nyill.wordpress.com/ O

    Enig! You know the deal! LOL @ “Si se puede!” LOLOL. On a serious note, I don’t get men who constantly cheat on their women and then beg and “do anything” to get them back. All you had to do was not stick your d*ck in someone else. That’s ALL you had to do.

  • RunNGun

    Vanessa… is hot stuff. I’m getting in line.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    *Married 2001
    *Divorced 2011
    *California’s alimony law on marriages of 10+ yrs
    *Do the math

  • robb

    The timing couldn’t be worse. This is a complot.

  • STR8jckn


    *Eddie Murphey voice*

  • Eddie Gee

    Kobe is stupid on the court. I’m not talking basketball court…
    He is a genious there of course but come on… calmate (since somenone started that spanish si se pude stuff) come on TIGER. all right im done…DANG MR WOODS!!!

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    Hold yo head my dude. Its a big piece of him that might be leavin, thats 10 plus years gone, n tha fu*ked up part is i bet he really does love her. It aint worth it yall. Dont cheat

  • http://www.twitter.com/_dfrance dfrance21

    Can’t really feel bad for Kobe. She took him back after the first fiasco when a lot of chics, being humiliated on a public stage like that, would have left. Then he reportedly cheats again. And even if he loses of the say 200 million he’s got, he’s still got 100 million. I only feel bad for those kids who have to deal with this crap a week before Christmas.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    So, THAT’S why Kobe’s balding!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ yada: You sort of answered your own question. She’s the mother of his children–she’s entitled to it. I don’t see Kobe being able to raise his children much being on the road for 10 months a year. Not that it’s impossible, but…
    Where does all this animosity against mothers and wives come from? Lol, aren’t some of you idiots married?
    Sh!t, I say good for her. She deserves her share.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Also, I realize I said it was no one else’s business… But I had to comment, lol.

  • Justin G.

    Beat me to it Teddy. Unreal how some people are saying she doesn’t deserve it. She raised the kids, she took care of the house while he was away. That’s how it is.

  • Yesse

    Wow. I can’t say i didn’t see this one coming. They looked like a happy couple over the past 2 years, but then again you can’t see everything what they go through on tv.

  • hushabomb

    Remember they were young when they married. And Kobe is on a rookie wage (that’s still a lot of money).

    So she helped him build an empire (that’s right ladies and gentlemen). By taking care of the kids and house and all the other ish that a good housewife does (not to mention the 04 scandal that rocked his world). She’s entitled to that money.

    Like Eddie Murphy said in Raw, if you were married and build an empire together then yes you deserve half.

    Having said that, Vanessa is gonna scream “I’m rich bi@?ch” and Tebow when she leaves the courtroom!!!!!

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Being on the road can get lonely.. In your hotel room all alone in the after hours, you go to a restaurant, a bar maybe…. a hot chick starts up a conversation with you, one thing leads to another…… and, well, you start to think with the “other head” and she’s too much to resist.

  • dan

    a baller has been unfaithful? wow… what a suprise mrs bryant *irony* :D

  • Michelle

    This proves that cheating on your wife is not worth 100 million dollars

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    well….sad day. Feel terrible for those little girls…I see the Kobe haters out laughing and joking but a broken home is never anything to EVER laugh about. Don’t even realize what that can do to a young psyche…and none of us know the details of this situation so passing judgement and trying to stand on our little moral high horses doesn’t make any sense……Anyways hold your head Kobe, raise the kids like you’ve been doing, stay strong for the family.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @CARTEL Kobe was a 20 year old kid who found love on the set of a Westside Connection video….yep…Dub-C

  • ab40

    pro athletes should not get married before 35. You can have kids and all that, live together but if you’re gonna commit for the long haul do it after you’re athletic career is over or almost at an end. And half? Come on man 10thousand a month should be more than sufficient. If he buys the house, she gets some cars. Especialy if she goes on basketball wives which she will.

  • charliewinning

    LOL Vanessa, get your money!! You earned it. You can never go wrong being faithful. Even if Kobe was a nice guy, (which he’s not), who just got caught up I wouldn’t feel sorry for him. And all the lil boys on here saying she doesn’t deserve the money, it’s obvious you know nothing about marriage. The depth of that connection is beyond your comprehension. I just hope you dudes aren’t meatheads your entire lives.

  • charliewinning

    Btw, publicly humiliating your wife on multiple occaisions also shows disrespect toward your children. I wish people thought about their kids more before they intentionally hurt their spouses.

  • burnt_chicken

    I believe a lot of posters here must have little to no respect for their mothers. I weep for the future.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    ^^ what??? lol

  • Michael

    $360 million . How in the world did kobe get so much money.

  • Michael

    Okay now they’re saying 150 million. That makes more sense.

  • http://nbasobrietystrike.blogspot.com/ CoolWhip

    Got a look at the divorce papers, and under ‘reason for divorce’ Vanessa put ‘basketball reasons’.
    Kobe’s about to be the next Tiger Woods. No more chips for this man

  • short

    Hope she gets every penny of 50%. Some dudes don’t know how to quit. Ya did it to yaself, Bean.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    charliewinning is winning. Co-sign 100%.

  • Mburb321

    DAMN..forbes says $200 from the lakers, $250 from endorsements, shes bought to walk away with 225 mill before taxes…OUCH!!!!!!!


    Divorce is no joke. Trust me. It gets very messy.
    I don’t wish it upon anyone.
    But if the allegations are true, then Vanessa should file. And get all she can. No doubt.
    ¡Demuestrale que contigo no se juega, Vanessa! ¡No mas!

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    150-200 million for babysitting?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    ^ Anyone who equates being a mother with “babysitting” is not worth arguing with.

  • Holiday

    Like they say if you wanna be rich and famous your business becomes public… So yeah why should it be secret, Tigers wasn’t!!!! Sounds like a bunch of nut hanging Laker fans. And all y’all that say she don’t deserve the money…. Yeah Kobe should probably tell her “get a job at McDonald’s” to support his kids right? Cause she will be taking care of them!


    There are some people who do not know what parenting and raising kids is all about.

  • short

    If his idea of motherhood is babysitting, I guess we all know what kind of father JuvenileTaylor will be to some unlucky kid. Can we say deadbeat dad in the making? Let’s just pray no chic takes his virginity.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    HA! Sounds like the View is after me.

  • charliewinning

    I suppose that was an attempt at being clever. FAIL!

  • Mburb321

    i mean jessica burciaga is fine and all but she aint worth losing 200 mill over..smartin up bean.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    No, that was an attempt at avoiding the wrath of womanhood.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tarzan Cooper

    Don’t worry jtaylor, women avoid you at all costs. I doubt you possess the capability to maturely interact with grown women.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Says the guy with the nickname “unfrozen caveman”.

  • Snyper48

    No prenup? Please kids,listen to your parents,they know the deal,if Kobe had listened to his…

  • http://entelleckt.com Mike Wyatt | @entelleckt

    We don’t really know anything about the situation. People are quick to assume the mother takes care of her children when that is not always the case. I guess till death do us part means nothing.

  • EJ

    No prenup? This is what happens when you think with emotions. Kobe’s the last person you’d expect to fail like that.

  • http://slamonline.com Milezlong

    She isn’t entitled to jack sh!t! Kobe has taken care of this chick since she was 17! She didn’t set one screen or hit one fade away! She lived it up on Kobe’s dime for her entire adult life. People who say she’s entitled to $100,000,000 disgust me! Can anyone with a straight face say Kobe wouldn’t be where he is today without her? She probably never changed a diaper in her life! He didn’t beat her, provided her with the type of luxury most women can only dream of, and that entitles her to $100,000,000? Give me a break! Divorce laws are so crooked, it’s unreal!

  • Mike from Spain

    Sometimes I don’t understand the law… Vanessa is going to get 150 million AND alimony? The law is out of touch with some realities, IMHO. And I come from a broken home, but cmon, Vanessa does not need help after getting half.

  • Sparty’s Law

    @Mike from Spain – the spousal support she will be getting is starting now, once they have separated and before they have entered into a real separation agreement or obtained a court order for divorce. Once a divorce is final and she has gotten some sort of equalization share of the family’s assets she will not be getting alimony.

  • IAmThatDude

    People who equate being married to a rich person–especially a rich person with few morals–to “living off their dime” disgust me. I wonder how many people who take this position are actually married. If they’ve never been married then I chalk it up to ignorance. You simply don’t know anything about marriage. If one has been married, your opinion on the subject may serve as a glimpse at why your marriage will likely fail if it hasn’t already lol. Just being honest here.

  • charliewinning

    @ Mike Wyatt: We may not know details, but Vanessa Bryant’s lack of parenting sure wasn’t a reason either of them cited in their court papers. Kobe isn’t seeking full custody either. No need to try to discredit the woman’s parenting. Also, a cheater may very well bring death to their spouse. Cookie Johnson got lucky. I don’t encourage anyone to stay with a cheating spouse in this day and age.

  • golakeshow

    WTF. That lousy bich. Vanessa is a fuctard with no life. She coasted on his money for 10 years. She deserves to live in a box on the sidewalk eating dog crap while being urinated on

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    Kobe stays losing as his career winds down.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Tarzan Cooper

    Shaqs divorce has made a rap about kobes divorce

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    RIP to that joke

  • http://kb24.com Bigi

    We only have 95 responses? Really? And yes E, Kobe stays losing. Wait a minute, on life or basketball? (Where are all the haters?)

  • rICH B

    K-A C-H-I-N-G!!!!

  • david

    hope she signs with the knicks

  • aotearaw

    LOL@ anyone who suggests she deserves half of his money, GTFO.

  • Thor

    Just want to make it a hundred comments…. yay

  • EJ

    How does she deserve half the money, other than for Kobe just being really stupid for not getting a prenup? She probably hardly ever took care of their kids, they have nannies and housekeepers to do that. Heard she acts like a b*tch to them too… she just was there enjoying Kobe’s money.

  • andynorstrom

    How is this any of our business? None of us know him personally.

  • marc

    Why is this on SLAM? I thought SLAM was basketball related issues.

  • coco

    right in time for the new season, basketball wives

  • J

    Can anyone justify why she deserves half without saying it’s the law? Half his money for what? Sitting on her ass and doing nothing? Tired of dumb broads saying she deserves every penny. She should just get maybe 30 million and that’s it, she’s set for life. NO f….. way does she deserve half. Let get on the court and work for that money. ;D