CAT FIGHT BETWEEN KOBE’S WIFE AND ESPN THE MAGAZINE BLOGGER
This is a good one from The Sports Pig. Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa reportedly flipped out on ESPN’s Laura Lane. Lane writes on her blog..
So as I’m walking out of the Lakers locker room after some post-game interviews with the players, I pass Vanessa, who is sitting outside the locker room as usual with her two girls.
“Laura!” she screams (yes, she apparently knows my name). “F- you! You f-ing bitch!”
“Excuse me?” I say, completely baffled as I look around me to see if there is someone else named Laura. No, there’s not.
Her daughters – ages 5 and 2 – are sitting next to her on the bench looking at their mom as she screams.
“F- you! How dare you write about me and my daughters and their schedule! You didn’t say you were writing an article! F- you! You f-ing bitch. You have no journalism ethics! F- you! You bitch – ”
Bryant isn’t happy that Lane critiques her clothing and behavoir during Laker games…
Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, has opted to make her own fashion statement. Vanessa, who is usually prim and proper in all black has decided to have fun tonight with her outfit. She’s wearing a white tube dress, a purple tutu, black leggings, high heeled short boots and a rhinestone incrusted white leather jacket with the number 8 on the back, Kobe’s old number. Bryant’s daughters, Natalia and Gianna both have shirts that say “Got MVP?”
“When he changed his number I didn’t have anything with a 24 on it so I had them make this dress,” Vanessa says. “I don’t know how to sew that well so I just told them what to do.”
After the screaming session, Lane unloaded on Bryant.
She’s insane. Everyone knows it. Perhaps she’s angry at the world because there were rumors today that came out that Kobe Bryant slept with a Lakers cheerleader – a hotter version of his wife who is also named Vanessa – and she got fired.
While I am completely against cheating, can you honestly blame Kobe if he didn’t want to sleep with that???
Considering there are a lot of rumors going around, I’m sure she’s upset. So she took it out on me and now I have an awesome story.
About three different reporters at the game and one of my editors told me I should write about her cussing me out. That’s the beauty of journalism. You don’t fight, you write.
THAT WAS A FOUL
I love arguing whether Brent Barry got fouled. The refs have called these playoffs like pussies the entire way. If they were consistent, that call is made and Barry goes to the line for three free throws.
San Antonio columnist Buck Harvey writes that the Lakers deserved a break on the final play…
That was the last time the Lakers were in San Antonio for the playoffs. Then Tim Duncan threw in a leaning jumper for the lead — and Derek Fisher and 0.4 followed.
This time — with Fisher again involved — one bad call deserved another.
This time the refs didn’t see that a Fisher jumper had grazed the rim, not resetting the shot clock. This time the refs chose to look the other way when Fisher leaped and landed on Brent Barry.
This time the Lakers deserved what they got.
They clearly outplayed the Spurs.
JOEY CRAWFORD WAS THE CREW CHIEF? WHY IS HE STILL WORKING THE PLAYOFFS AFTER THE DEBACLES OF THE LAST FEW YEARS?
The conspiracy theorists are howling in San Antonio. I don’t think they’re right but who the hell knows. Crawford imploded last year. Is it beyond belief that he still holds a grudge and lets emotion get the best of him during some NBA games?
The Philly native certainly has a history…
Crawford was suspended late in the 2006-07 season after he tossed Tim Duncan from a game for laughing at him from the bench on April 15, 2007, in Dallas. He was reinstated for this season and remains one of the league’s highest-rated referees. A veteran of 31 seasons, Crawford has worked 38 NBA Finals games, more than any active referee. His 266 playoff games worked heading into this playoff season makes him the most experienced active playoff referee.
PITTSBURGH TALKER PAYS HEFTY PRICE FOR OVER THE TOP REMARKS
We pointed out on Tuesday that Mark Madden was a bit out of control last week on his Steel Town radio show. Now he may lose his job. He’s waged public wars with Pittsburgh sports figures for year but it looks like he cross the line in his comment about Ted Kennedy.
Madden said the following about Sen. Kennedy, who days earlier had been diagnosed with brain cancer: “I’m very disappointed to hear Sen. Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts is near death because of a brain tumor. I always hoped Senator Kennedy would live long enough to be assassinated.”
Madden works for one of the few owned and operated station in the ESPNRadio family. An independent station may not have jumped as quickly. I’d like to see him given another shot.
JIM NANTZ, ANOTHER MILLIONAIRE SPEWING MISINFORMATION
Another out of touch TV guy is pontificating about the blogosphere. Nantz threw out this gem during a recent interview on MSNBC.
I have to admit, I’m so far out of the loop on the blogosphere, I really don’t partake in that. I know that it’s got a huge following. On the few occasions that I have gone or been introduced to it and checked out what’s been written, maybe about my world, it’s usually so vile and vicious that I shut it down after a minute or two.
There’s no stopping it. The scary thing is how much credibility someone lends to that. How much credibility do we give to people out there who aren’t trained in journalism and then try and masquerade as someone who can pass along information as factual.
Upon reading about it, I was glad there was a firestorm about it. I really appreciated Buzz Bissinger — I read he was a little ashamed of his level of anger — but I completely understood where he was coming from.
Nantz was so interested in the topic he did admit he couldn’t carve out the 90 minutes to actually watch the CostasNow show….
MSNBC: Did you follow the discussions that came out of the recent “Costas Now” show on sports media–
JN: I read about it.
As out of touch as Bob Costas, Nantz may be more so. He is a blue-blood with a golfing background. Sorry bro, don’t really care about your thoughts on what average joe sports fans enjoy and don’t enjoy.
THE U.S. SUCKS AGAIN..WE HAVE MICHELLE AKERS, BRAZIL HAS LAISA ANDRIOLI
I would assume the Brazilian team is damn good in women’s soccer.
If not, who cares with great athletes like the 20-year old Andrioli on it’s side. You can click here for the rest of the photos (ABSOLUTELY NSFW).