d&id=4353">John Tabin at April 27, 2003 09:24 PM

I've always read that the reason Kobe's parents disapproved of Vanessa was because she was a gold-diggin' ho (to quote that classic song) who had Kobe wrapped around her little finger, used him and made a fool of him in front of his teammates and friends. But what a sad story, no matter the reasons behind it.

Posted by: Jackie D at April 28, 2003 02:39 AM

What a bummer. Kobe deserves to be happy.

Posted by: Fred at April 28, 2003 10:54 AM

Hey Jackie -- Where did you hear that? I don't read much of the Laker coverage outside of the L.A. Times, but I'm pretty sure this was never brought up in the hometown paper....

Posted by: Matt Welch at April 28, 2003 11:01 AM

Matt, I read it on a few different sports websites -- mostly fan forums -- before they were even married. Her refusal to sign a prenup was, as I recall, one of his parents' main concerns, as well as the fact that Vanessa was still in high school when they got engaged. (Kobe dodges a question about the age concern in this USA Today interview. ESPN mentioned this, alluding to "legal issues" that delayed their marriage. (This sums up the kind of stuff I was reading on these sites.) There was much made of her dog named Gucci and their baby being named Natalia Diamante, I believe.

I also read about it in the journalistically impeccable National Enquirer, which comes right out and uses the phrase "gold digger" (in all caps, no less). This is probably about as trustworthy as all the comments I've read on fansites, but the LA Times article is the first one I've read that said it was about his parents' racial issues rather than money.

Posted by: Jackie D at April 29, 2003 06:54 AM
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