Friday, January 20th, 2012 at 1:00 pm  |  68 responses

Report: Kobe Bryant’s Wife Getting $75 Million in Divorce Settlement

News of the Kobe and Vanessa divorce broke last month, and now we’re hearing that the Lakers’ superstar will have to shell out something like $75 million, while also giving up his rights to some very valuable property assets: “Sources connected to the couple and with direct knowledge of the situation tell TMZ … the property settlement agreement is signed, sealed and delivered — a done deal. Vanessa is walking away with $75 million, which we’re told represents close to half of their total assets, estimated at around $150 million … It turns out, based on the property settlement, Vanessa scored a clean sweep, snagging all three of the former couple’s mansions in the Newport Beach area. Vanessa gets the estate the couple was living in, the estate her mom is living in, and she gets the new estate that had been under construction for 2 years and was just completed.”

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  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    Think we all saw this coming back in 2003

  • http://www.slamonline.com Double J

    Dibs on Vanessa.

  • Yesse

    I can’t say im surprised, but i think she could have had even more.

  • bike

    I wonder how much money total right now has Kobe spent on women as the result of bad decisions. Kobe’s a good example of why many NBA players should never tie the knot. He could have enjoyed the company of a high class $5000/night call girl every night of the week for 10 years and only be out $18 million.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    B*tch you wasn’t with me shooting in the gym.

  • J.C.

    implying she deserves any of that…

  • Mike Mihalow

    How’s it feel to get rap3d, Kobe?

  • https://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    I have no sympathy towards Kobe, Tiger, and the like but divorce settlements need to be capped at a certain number. I understand an average stay-at-home mom or housewife taking 50% in a settlement because they sacrificed (in terms of career opportunities) by taking a more traditional role in their marriage. But millionaire housewives, more often than not, have plenty of at home help to pursue actual careers and business interest to make themselves independent.

  • http://Www.dimemag.com showtime

    @jtaylor lol.. I was just going to post that…Kobe my ni99a I hate it had to be him / B!t3h you wasn’t shooting with me when I was in the gym bawse…

  • marc

    lmaoooo @jtaylor21 I was think the same thing when I saw the headline.

  • robb

    Nobody put a gun to Kobe’s head and tell him to cheat on his wife, it was his decision, he knows it, he’ll deal with it.

  • http://onthacorner.com/forum Kevin

    Now I aint saying he should kill her……………but i’d understand. SMFH that’s way too much for this broad to get. Somebody tell that trick to get a job

  • YaBoy

    Vanessa Bryant now leads the NBA in steals

  • phillygirl109

    As a woman, I feel this is an excessive settlement for the reasons LA Huey mentions; but it’s not news that this is how it goes down when you’re rich and get caught–yet Kobe still took the risk. Just as I assume Vanessa was in touch with her legal team over the years, plotting and planning, Kobe should’ve been doing the same. As usual, his arrogance got in the way of common sense and so he must pay. Congratulations Vanessa!

  • http://onthacorner.com/forum Kevin

    Robb STFU with that BS. Yeah he cheated, but him cheating aint worth this leech getting $75 million in money she didnt earn or help him earn. That’s robbery and you know it

  • feez_22

    75m? well at least she didn’t get the customary 150m right? lol.

  • feez_22

    @LA Huey i agree with your notion of millionaire wives in totality but not in vanessa’s case. #1: i don’t think the majority of millionaire should get 50% because there is a less than a fraction of a fraction of a percent that they would have earned that regardless of the husband. In vanessa’s case… she was a video girl. at the end of the day, she wasn’t gonna earn 75M anywhere. However, she probably could have made her own millions with kobe. the problem with that is she would have had 2 start up a reality tv show with all these other bball wives. Kobe aint having that. he is too private. Couple that with the 03 kobe thing and she really wasn’t going to pursue anything. she had 2 stay hidden. but again… i don’t believe she should get 75M just as much as elin nordegren, the women that was a damn maid before tiger got hundreds of millions. Sometimes there needs 2 be exceptions to the half/half rule. these 2 are the case.

  • https://twitter.com/BeezKneezy LA Huey

    feez, I think we’re on the same page. It’s fair for women from middle class unions to get 50-50 split in the settlement but not multi-milionarie break-ups. I thought that’s what I was saying.

  • neaorin

    Stupid question: Kobe’s extension (which he signed in 2010, and just kicked in) still has about $70 million running through 2014. Since it’s all guaranteed money and has been ever since he signed that deal, does that count as part of their divorce assets or not?

  • Riggs

    I am laughing because vanessa was biding her time all this while, she waited til the 10 year period for which she can get the max amount of money. Hell hath no fury…

  • Fat Lever

    The happiest person in all this? Karl Malone, free to hunt Vanessa all he wants. Who said the mailman was going out of business?

  • http://www.fullc0urtpress.com K.Holiday

    “Damn I’m bout to lose 75m’s, I laughed at Tiger when Elin did it to him, guess I’m spending 5 more years in the gym, (UGH), cuz this chick just took half of what I am!” – Stay Schemin—Kobe Bryant Remix

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

    Seems reasonable, Vanessa needs 3 mansions.

  • Bravo

    ^ funny but shut up fool

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    LOL to all of this–frankly, the law is the law, and unless Kobe protected his assets, this was something that is legal and just. Maybe hard to swallow that a man is losing $75 million, but that’s the law of the land. Kobe and all of those guys have to know that if they are gonna run around and do the things that they do away from their wives, their money is liable to become a pseudo-endangered species. *womp womp*

  • bike

    This is what ex-basketball wives refer to as a triple-double.

  • joselizette06njPhillyTri-State

    LOL at the song where drake the rapper well”singer”and rap “artist,and
    the part here he go,B-TCH you wasn’t wit’ me shootin’ in the gym….!!!!!

    i love it.

    BLACK MEN. and some of mi latino men are IDIOT, with money this is such proof, and even some white too.

    damn she got paid,chica es better off now without him.

    so, i loveeeeeee seein’ a guy b OBTUSE in life, lmfao rich middle class,or poor do not matter,he is a big fool,NOT great lookin-she is cute
    not beautiful … see her look all over the place,but she deserve definite
    some kash,but not sure about 1/2.even wit him cheatin on her at least as she say 105x. over 10 years, if true,then she deserve MORE and a monthly STD treatment,and or check up,because KOBE is a dirty stupid guy to cheat on his,beautiful daughters,lovely wife.

    NOPE. but she is a cute woman pretty,and the bottom line is both are
    now ,what?in the 30s age-wise,so really who get the laugh at the end.


    good for her.
    i do not hate,and KOBE will learn in his 30s gettin’older,hopefully
    when it all come down to it,IF SHE TRULY LOVE U, she is goin to have
    HER :
    a. PRE-NUP.
    c.will not want more than what she “feel she deserve”and child support.

    no way i can ever say vanessa,kobe wife,soon 2 b EX WIFE deserve almost
    100 million no way.

    his fault not hers.



  • Allenp

    Why is it hard to swallow?
    Apparently you all value your mate for only the work she can do or money she can provide. That is silly.
    Kobe kept his wife and begged her to stay ny his side after he had an*l intercourse with a random hotel worker. She must have brought something to the table

  • DerekG

    Co-sign YaBoy! 75 mil? 3 mansions? She should’ve been wearing a ski-mask and carrying a semi-automatic for a job like this!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Bowen’s Bowtie Collection

    She got the brand new mansion? You know kobe was excited to move there, but nope.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Not that this matters, but, his parents told him not to marry the young woman.
    Then, there is no pre-nup…
    So, it is not “robbery”.
    It’s business.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C1DVoMJoEI Shecky Shabazz

    Kobe, my n—- I hate it had to be him!!

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    F*ck losing the match up to Lebron being hard to digest, Kobe got killed in this one!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    I love that this b*tch went on national tv, cried like the women he is, admitted cheating, paid 5 mil for a ring to make up to his wh*re of a wife for his ra*ing-a*s and STILL got took for 75 mil at the end of the day.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Eboy

    And if Vanessa isn’t already working with Puff on a “Tell Me How My A*S Tastes” remix, they should get to the studio RIGHT NOW!

  • rand33p

    gotta agree with anyone that says “..you wasn’t with me shootin in the gymmmm” ……. she deserves a lot .. half or close to it is effin silly though

  • capostat

    Agree with philosopher. But although this could have happened with any woman he married, I bet Kobe ‘s parents are more infuriated than Kobe himself . There ‘s no measure of the level of anger with which “I told you so! ” wants to be expressed right now. Mad at Vanessa , mad at their son…. Again, it could have happened with a different wife. But the fact that it’s the one that they disapproved of to begin with.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    I think it is interesting and telling that y’all are pissed at Kobe losing 75 mil or happy, depending on your opinion of Kobe, and talking about how it must bother him. Did any of you ever stop to think that, regardless of his cheating, that he actually loved his wife and kids and is heartbroken to have it end this way? Maybe the 75 mil means nothing at this point. Perhaps he would sign it all over to her to get her back?

  • stlheatmaniac

    i feel more sorry for his daughters outta anything. kobe gonna b paid regardless so he aint finna b hurtin off dis and his wifey shoulda known if she was finna marry a sports athlete dat he’d b gettin grade A snatch thrown at him all day everyday so wats the chance of him staying faithful. i aint justifyin it but lets b real. im well paid but i aint on kobe level but them panties still b droppin wit eaze. so imagine the temptation he go thru. i aint mad at kobe for slidin in some wetty cause he a grown azz man but it gotta suck to possibly have another man help raise ur 2 little girls if she get another man. that gotta hurt worse than losin ur wife which he can replace or if he like his new found single freedom he probably will just chill and run thru some models for a min. but thats real life. its harder for most of us to say no to some fire wetty wet wet than it is for us to pass on a kush stuffed spliff ya dig

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    Damn and he still got her name tatted on him, she owns u Kobe! I hope u cover that with a Black Mamba tattoo I think that would be cool. Or, is Vanessa the real Black Mamba. Who knows, who cares, they both still rich.

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

    She really deserve $75 Million??

  • bike

    Well maybe now Vanessa can find herself a nice, loyal, devoted NBA guy that won’t stray from the nest. Someone, like say, Richard Jefferson.

  • stlheatmaniac

    lmao!! like richard jefferson!!?? how u know he aint knocking down a groupie on the side too!!!??

  • Slim Tebow

    Man Kobe sorry bruh its bad you gotta cough up that dough but thats your dumb ass fault you still my nig even after lebron kilt you last night along with the rest of the fakers i mean lakers man that girl got kobe fugged up bad.

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

    Didn’t Richard Jefferson ditch a girl on WEDDING day???

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Kobe got money, he cheated with alot of women, she took care of the kids, while he focused on being one of the greatest basketball players ever. She does not deserve 75million, but Kobe did not listen to his parents and went in with a young Latino beauty. Kobe understands this, and knows he will have to pay out. The thing is, she will probably sell one of the homes and live free like a bird. Kobe cares, but he got snaked it sounds like. That’s why if I am an NBA superstar, you marry after your NBA career is over. MJ got a young buck looking like The Black Shriek. BOOK IT!!

  • Allenp

    A lot of y’all are going to make some lucky ladies extremely miserable.

  • Heals

    Finally Seed and I can agree on something, Book it! Comedian BillBurr has a sunny hypothetical about this: Take Vanessa to Staples, pack the House and give her a ball. She cashes a 5ft shot, 5mil, and 6ft shot another 6 and so on until she makes it half court for half his mouga. Don’t get me started on these chicks getting 50+ mil so because they’ve “become accustomed to life style” and need to maintain it…

  • robb

    @Kevin Nobody’s sayin she deserves it but Kobe should’ve been more careful, they had no prenup so Vanessa’s entitled to half of Kobe’s possessions, I’m surprised him being the scientific dawg he is, didn’t foresee this could happen.

  • Young C

    I like how women (and some p**syfied men) seem to justify this type of thievery just because a rich man cheats. As if she couldnt file for divorce from a faithful and doting rich man and still take half his $h!#. Regardless of the circumstances of a divorce, nobody (man or woman) deserves to get that much money just from breaking up with someone.

  • tavoris

    Kobe wants to be MJ so bad that he got a wifey to imitate Juanita

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

    Nobody’s saying she deserves it? Sh!t, I am. Good for her.
    Let’s get something straight: nobody should be making $30 million+ a year for playing basketball, or even being involved in basketball, and that includes the billionaire schmuck owners and front office executives, etc. So we have capitalism to thank for that. (Still I’d rather the players make that money than the owners).
    We live in a society where it’s possible to make billions of dollars by simply “investing capital.” In fact, that’s how the richest people earn their living, all the while producing nothing.
    Then we have millionaires who put balls in hoops and holes (GOLF… yuck), sing/dance in sh!tty music videos, and star in terrible “romantic comedies” or worse, so-called reality TV. When all of this goes on, how is it at all surprising that someone makes $75 million via divorce?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    stlheatmaniac: “Fire wetty wet wet”–LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    Teddy, you are the man for that perspective.

  • Fat Lever

    Um Kobes fault all the way. He got married, cheated, and is now paying the price. Either keep your sh!t in your pants when your married, or do not get married. If he picked either option he’d be 75 mil richer.

  • http://www.slamonline.com the_unknown

    drake was wrong, his n*gga only lost 75Ms…

  • Ronald

    It’s a freaking settlement. There is no legal cap to a mutually agreed sum.

    And, to those blaming Kobe for his indiscretions, trust me. I bet Vanessa waited for the best opportunity to divorce Bryant and ensuring the greatest profit for her.

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

    +1 to Fat Lever. -1 to 99% of this thread.

  • EJ

    I don’t think the money should bother Kobe. He’s so rich that he shouldn’t have to stress about money. According to some study, people who make 75,000 a year are as happy as billionaires. Cause you don’t really need that money to buy something crazy to make you happy, all you really need money for is not stressing about money.
    The whole lockout thing goes to show you tho how some people are just really obsessed about money. Same goes for listening to republicans talk.

  • Jose

    Vanessa Bryant Making more in one year than Kevin Love is being offered for 4. . -___- sad. . but real talk. . .Kobe was unloyal to his wife, kobe didn’t have a prenup, kobe pays the price. .

  • Duck Johnson

    Kobe already served his punishment by getting that tattoo.

  • Mike from Spain

    Anyone who lives with Kobe for 10 years deserves millions.

  • jacuuli

    These comments gave me a good laugh

  • http://anyoldthing Ugh

    @Teddy – Entirely.
    @bike, way up at the top – I’m intrigued that you sat down and worked those numbers out.

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

    I think the whole divorce settlement system needs to be overhauled. Not for millionaires like Kobe, but for working class dudes that lose half to divorce everyday. I just don’t think its fair. It’s not only cheating dudes that get taken. I work in the transfer department of a brokerage firm and it makes me cringe every time I have to slice up some poor schmucks retirement account and deliver it to his ex wife.

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

    It’s not like Kobe’s going to be hurting for money. The fact that half of his assets included $75M and 3 estates suggests he still has the equivalent left.

    Can’t replace relationships, family, or children though. Those are priceless.

  • Emerson

    Anyone who thinks that what is happening here and what is happening to Kobe is fair, than you’re a complete moron. This trick, and trust me that’s all she is, was nothing but a child with a dime a dozen hollywood dream. She rode this guy all the way to the top and is taking away more from this than she would have ever made doing anything else. So don’t tell me about missing out on other career opportunities. Marrying Kobe was a CAREER OPPORTUNITY she knew it then and she’s cashing in now. This has nothing to do with basketball, but things like this disgust me.

  • ab40

    just goes to show you that you shouldn’t get married before 35 especialy if you’re a pro athlete.