Kobe Bryant Bio, Net Worth, Death, Wife Vanessa Bryant, and Daughters
Former basketball player Kobe Bryant has made his fame among a huge number of sports lovers. He holds the NBA record for the most seasons playing with one franchise for an entire career.
Bryant is known for shooting the ball above the horizontal rim of the basketball court into a slam-dunk score accompanied by his high fly potential. Everything scored well for Kobe Bryant until sexual assault stirred his personal and professional life. Let’s explore if the sexual assault accusation affected Bryant’s marital life as well.
Kobe Bryant’s retirement message concluded in Dear Basketball bagged him an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film. He earned recognition for his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). His name rose in the media graphically after his death along with his daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant.
Kobe Bryant Birthday and childhood
The skilled player was born on 23rd August 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a blessing child to NBA player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, So, he also got interested in sports and athletics. After Joe’s retirement in 1984, the whole family moved to Italy, and Kobe got to spend most of his childhood there.
The Snippet of Late NBA Player Kobe Bryant
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With his determination and hard work in sports, he got good grades on the SAT. After some time, he was selected in 1996 by the Los Angeles Lakers and he made a career there with his talent. With his rising sporting career, he became a social media influencer on Instagram too.
Kobe Bryant Wife Vanessa Bryant and Daughters
When Kobe Bryant was working on debut musical career, he met a 17-years old background dancer, Vanessa Laine, on the Tha Eastsidaz music video G’d Up. 21-years old Bryant began dating her and six months later, the pair engaged in May 2000.
Kobe Bryant with his wife Vanessa
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As Vanessa Laine was still a high school student at Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California, the couple waited for the completion of her study before turning their bond into marriage. Talking about the couple’s marriage, Vanessa’s parents were against it as Laine was not African-American but of an Irish accent.
However, the family dispute ended, when the couple welcomed their first child, Natalia Diamante Bryant in 2003. Currently, Bryant and Vanessa are parents to three daughters: Natalia Diamante Bryant, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant born in 2006, and Bianka in 2016.
Kobe Bryant With Wife and Daughters
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It came as shocking news when the news read Kobe Bryant along with his daughter Gianna were dead due to a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on January 26, 2020. Destructing Vanessa Bryant, the death of the NBA star also made two daughters miserable. Vanessa and Kobe were together in a relationship for more than 25 years.
Kobe Bryant Sexual Allegations and Divorce- Rumors
After two years of marriage, the Sheriff arrested Kobe Bryant in an investigation of sexual assault complaints lodged by a hotel employee. According to the investigation, he had booked the room for advancing his on-going knee surgical treatment. He admitted the encounter of sexual misconduct accuser but denied the charge of rape.
The accusations nearly destroyed Kobe’s Career
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The charge of rape led to the former basketball player Bryant’s endorsement falls and reduced the price of his jersey. In 2004, the charge dropped when the accuser failed to testify the claims in the court. His wife, Vanessa, took Bryant’s side amidst the sexual misconduct accusations.
In the midst of all these accusations and misunderstanding, Vanessa even filed for divorce which she later canceled. After clearing all the talking, the couple was together until the star’s death.
Kobe Bryant net worth
In case you don’t know, Forbes listed Kobe Bryant among the highest-paid athletes of all time. So, no doubt the player must have a great salary. In 2010, Forbes listed Bryant just behind Tiger Woods and Jasmine Jordan‘s husband Michael Jordan in the world’s highest-paid athletes with $48 million.
Kobe Bryant Provided a lot for his family
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Cheat Sheet mentioned the player was paid about $25 million a year for his career. So, he was about to become a player worth a billion in near future. Being active for about 25 years, he had amassed a huge wealth of $600 million according to Celebrity Net Worth. With such great fortune, he provided his family a life of dream. The primary source for his wealth was his career as a professional basketball player. Besides, the brand endorsements also donated a part in his assets.
Talking about Kobe Bryant’s brand endorsement, initially, Adidas signed him to a $10 million contract. Then he made a multi-million dollar contract with Coca-Cola and Sprite. Once again, McDonald’s signed Bryant to a $10 million endorsement deal in 2001. Likewise, in June 2001, he made a $40 million endorsement deal with Nike. Those brands also posted a tribute to the legend after his death.
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