Friday, December 16, 2011

The Kobe reset

Vanessa is leaving Kobe. One might ask - what took her so long? To all the gents lamenting Kobe's pocketbook, fear not. He'll live to ball hog another day. He'll be groping new asses any second now. I, for one, was never a Kobe fan. Let me reset my post on why (from June 2010):

In honor of the NBA Finals, here's my obligatory basketball post. I'm a football girl and the best thing about these Finals is that we're that much closer to NFL season. That being said, let me get to the point: I don't care for Kobe, not one bit.

I had the temerity to express my dislike of Kobe "Black Mamba Thinks the Sun Rises and Sets on My Hindparts" Bryant on Twitter and was lambasted and called a hater. Pardon me… it's not hate if you have LEGIT reasons for your dislike. Well now you have done it. Forced me to dig back into my bag of "High-Rollin' BougieTales". Back in my "high-rollin' days", I jetsetted about with a variety of entertaining sports and celeb type folks. Mostly good times but a few… not so much.

First let me say that yes, he is a supremely talented basketball player. One you have to consider in the pantheon of "GOAT" (Greatest Of All Time) nominees. On that we can agree. But guess what? Being a talented (even brilliant) athlete does not equate to being a pleasingly pleasant person. I'm sure there are people who have met Kobe and enjoyed the experience. I'm not in that number. Allow me to present my evidence (sort of, some things I have promised to take to the grave):

The Case of the Mother's Day Mishap: At the time, I lived in Marina del Rey and BougieMom came out to visit. I had planned a wonderful Mother's Day Weekend for her including Sunday dinner at a chi-chi frou-frou restaurant in Santa Monica. Fifteen minutes prior to our reserved dining time we showed up, valet parked, and greeted the hostess. The place was packed. She double-checked our reservation, told us they were prepping our table and asked us to step to the side for five minutes. So far, so good. Very shortly thereafter, a flurry of activity broke off near the entrance. Enter Sir Kobe with entourage of at least ten peeps. Master Bryant wanted a table immediately. Flustered hostess naïvely asked if he perchance had a reservation. Silence.

The look on his face said it all. He was Kobe Bryant. This was Los Angeles… did he really need a reservation? The restaurant manager (maybe the owner) appeared and dove into the fray. So pleased to have you, Mr. Bryant. It's a crazy busy day, Mr. Bryant. Would you mind waiting for five minutes, Mr. Bryant. The hostess pointed to me and said, "Your table is ready, ma'am." As BougieMom and I stepped forward, Le Kobe said, "What's up with their table? Can't they wait?" Yeah he did. He said it. To a seventy-something year old woman and her daughter on Mother's Day. Just as I opened my mouth to break him off a bougie piece of my mind, one of his crew stepped forward. "Sorry ma'm, ya'll go on ahead." Um-hmm. I gave him the side-eye and he was looking sulky. Me no like.

The Case of the Charity Curmudgeon: I do so wish I could name names in this story but I promised years ago never to reveal all. I will say this… At a charity event, you are supposed to act charitable. i.e. Not complain about the room you were given (for free) or the food served to you (for free) or wonder whether other sports figures were treated better than thou. At no point should you speculate if someone was considered "a bigger name" and therefore given more shine and star treatment. It's also not classy to decide that not enough bowing, scraping and ass-kissing was happening and not show up to the event. No bueno.

The Case of the All-Star Shiggity: I will truly get my ass kicked if I tell this story. Ya'll don't even know. How can I tell it without telling it? Let me see… Oh here we go – Not every woman attending an All-Star weekend is a groupie. Not everybody wants some of you. And nasty, freaky, and rude does not look good on anybody. Puts me in the mind of that movie Kingdom Come where Whoopi wrote down two words to describe her deceased husband: Mean and surly.

Granted, others have said that Mamba-dude is nice as can be and devoted to his charity works, family, city, yada-blah. I'm just saying I haven't seen it. So when I say I don't like Kobe… I mean what I know of him, I personally do not care for. No worries, it's not keeping him or me up at night.

My point is (Rabid Laker Nation) that my dislike has nothing to do with his Lakerdom or celeb status. So quit tellin' me I'm hatin'. True, I've never really been a Lakers fan but I'm more of a girl who cheers for a player rather than a team in basketball anyway. For instance, I'm really not a Celtics fan but I love Kevin Garnett. Met him once. And yes, he was nice (and really, really fine). So guess who I'm cheering for in this series?

Stay tuned, one day I'll tell the stories of why I don't like Brett Favre or Warren Moon either.
Thoughts on Vanessa and Kobe? Give less than a damn? That's okay too. The floor is yours…

36 comments:

rozb said...

I am anti-Kobe as well, because mainly he just ain't a nice person. I still remember he almost smushed my friend in her face because he thought she was a thirsty groupie when she had to reach past him to get her drink. She was trying to get a drink at this club in L.A. and he was with 'Nessa (back when they first got hitched). He got loud and said VIP ain't the same and they let any old groupie in. She was given VIP because she was known to one of the ballers there (in the military with his family member) and he thought it would be cool to treat some vets to the high life.

Kobe didn't apologize, and his wife just sat there looking like WTF. I am still hot about that.

BTW Chele - I think this is the first post I experienced in Bougieland.

MsJamie14 said...

I'm from Los Angeles. Laker fan, Kobe fan. I know he's a prick, but I respect his game and what he's done for my team, so that's that.

Anywhoo...Vanessa finally had a limit huh? I initially worried that this would "Tiger Woods" Kobe's game, but remember, he's a prick. Folks hating him only makes him stronger. I believe he won the scoring title during that whole Colorado rape debacle.

Party on, Kob...

Leon X said...

Derek Jeter won.

Brenda Kay said...

I remember when a whole group of individuals went in on Shaq for daring to spill some stories about "Saint Kobe". Well, it looks like Shaq was telling the truth afterall. 

Angel Blanca said...

Talent =/= character. Too often, we forget this equation. I completely respect your perspective on this, as it's an informed perspective based not on the media image presented, but actual encounters. Too bad those who are so quick to call "hater" (can we eliminate that term from our collective vocabularies, please?), cannot see perspectives that do not agree with their own.

I have no thoughts about Kobe one way or another.  It's sad that the marriage could not survive, but given their relative youth at the time they met, I cannot say I'm surprised that there has been infidelity, as it's hard to manage relationships when both parties have experience on their side, so I can only imagine what it would be like to have a relationship throughout one's formative years, and even more so one that takes place in the limelight.

Rubie said...

I can't stand Kobe he is B**** made! Never been a fan of his and I love when the Lakers lose cause he is such a SORE loser.

SMH at all these personal rude encounters with him (I am not surprised though)

aishao1122 said...

I don't watch or like basketball, im a football, soccor, gymnastic/cheerleading fan, during the olympics season im a track and field fan other than that i gives not a damn.. sorry he was such an a**hole to you, he will get his eventually...

Marioned said...

I am so with you on not liking Kobe.  I am a basketball fan and I respect his talent but he always came off as an arrogant jerk.  I have a friend who's son plays in the  NBA and her and his interactions with Kobe fit my initial impression to a tee.    But I also have heard horror stories about his wife, seems she is quite a B*tch! 

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

"Vanessa is leaving Kobe." Wait, what? I guess that fat ring and that custom Ferrari finally got old.

In any case - meh.

TrulyPC said...

Ha.  I have been busy all day and just had a chance to really look at my homepage and his divorce is what I see first.   I have never liked Kobe (he has always behaved like an overgrown crybaby) and I can say it because I was a Lakers fan growing up but that was back when you had players like Aguirre, Worthy and Jabbar. 

To be honest I am never happy when a marriage ends especially when there are children involved.  Vanessa lasted longer than I would have because I simply have no tolerance level for infidelity.

CaliGirlED said...

Let me start by saying that I am a Lakers fan fo-life!!! Always have been, always will be! (A promise to my daddy). Nothing erks me more than for me to say I'm a Lakers fan and someone interjects anything about Kobe! Listen, I was a Lakers fan before Kobe could bounce a ball! And I will be long after they retire #8, oh I mean #24. That being said, it took me a long time to like him as a Laker because he was a "ball hog". Add in the off court mess with him and his teammates and I was through with him. Rings or no rings! Ironically after the bad publicity that came about from his adventure in Denver, he became a more humbling and team player. I was then able to stomach him and accept him as a Laker. Like Chele said, "yes, he is a supremely talented basketball player", but I can do without him. And should the Lakers' "cases" of Whoop Ass go bad after Kobe retires/leaves, it will be but for a moment. We always come back and knock out another Championship, or two, or three!Sweet Sixteen baby!!!

Cyn-Cyn said...

Im not a Kobe Bryant fan either and just heard about this on ESPN but lets get real about...Does anybody realize that it has been 10 years since they've been married and they DONT have a pre nup....um she is divorcing straight to the BANK! smh....

CaliGirlED said...

Magic, Rambis, Mc Adoo, Scott and don't forget Cooper (Coop!), the best 6th man ever! He used to kill me though with those knee high socks, long after guys stopped wearing them! LOL

Sol_dier said...

good for her.
bet she got evidence stacked and has been digging for where things are stashed. 

keishabrown said...

i used to have such a deep disdain for kobe based on his face and what i perceived him to be.
however, my deep dislike for him has been replaced by one dude: LeBron James! 

i will say this, Kobe and Lakers got screwed by Stern with the CP3 thing! 
another reason why NFL >>>> NBA. 

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

Yea, the 10 years bit hit me after I pressed 'post' last night. 10 years plus two children way under 18? She's going to be paid well.

TrulyPC said...

Of course!  Never forgot those guys either.  LOL.  Thank you for making me laugh by reminding me how we loved watching Coop play and we ALWAYS talked about those socks!

Monica said...

I've never really cared for Kang Kobe in looks, or in spirit. From what I've seen and read over the years, the kind words about him have been few. He should have spent more time developing his personality. I don't care for his wife either but I bet she has a mountain of dirt on him.

BklynBajan said...

When I say Kobe you say punk
Kobe
Punk
Kobe
Punk
Kobe Kobe Kobe Kobe Kobe
Punk Punk Punk Punk

Only1DivaC said...

Welp, I'm not surprised about Kobe being a grade A poo poo head. I lived in Philly when he was in high school and let's just say I'm not surprised one bit by Chele's encounter. He was just as bad in high school. Makes me want to go and smack his parents and ask why did you raise a human being that way. 

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

HA! XD

I don't even care about sports, but if I were in the stands and they started doing this? ROLLING!

DCbywayofCali said...

My fav was BJ Armstrong.  He made it rain on dem ***s at just the right moments.

DCbywayofCali said...

Lawd I'm tired.  I meant to type Byron Scott.  Who, by the way, is actually a nice person.

DCbywayofCali said...

Growing up in California of course I was a Laker fan.  Unfortunately, I've had the misfortune of working with several of them.  Mitch Ritchmond, yeah Mitch was a jerk, so you can imagine how  Kobe took the cake. *shudders at the memory*

BklynBajan said...

He doesn't treat his parents well either so I don't think its them. He's just extra special and spent too much time reading his own press releases growing up.  Nessa got to be really over him to do this right before Christmas. Maybe the strike being called off messed up her getaway plan.

BklynBajan said...

I've made grown men laugh until they cry with my cheer - especially when I end with the Daddy Longstrokes walk (see School Daze clip if you don't know the original) LOL!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpL21lDzg4E

Leo the Yardie Chick said...

*wheeze* Tell my Mama I love her! *kilt*

Kitten said...

I don't have an opinion about Kobe, don't know him, don't care to. Not a basketball fan.

I however, LOVE your point that talent does not equal good character.

I don't think that you're a hater, your feelings about him are valid based on your personal experiences with him

MsJamie14 said...

For some reason, I could never accept Horace Grant as a Laker. Oh, and Karl Malone and Gary Payton as Lakers either (perhaps because they WEREN'T! #stillsalty)

MsJamie14 said...

Hate, hate, hate LeBum. You want to talk about crybaby? At least Kobe wins. LOL

CaliGirlED said...

Yes he is! By big brother played with him in summer leagues and I've met him a couple of times.

CaliGirlED said...

I was sooo in love with Karl "the Mailman" Malone!!!

taut_7 said...

call me a hater. i don't care. i don't like hobe. never did, never will. i don't have a reason and i don't have to. 

JP Fairfield said...

Seriously.. I bet she was counting the days...  I heard that she had some bitchy behavior but I sometimes wonder if that's a result of being married to Kobe....  Either way... this marriage was heading for a split a long time ago.

I understand some people stay in marriages hoping things would change or for their children but honey... 10 years was too long... but if the rumors are true.. he start getting really blatant in his cheating... not only does he has a stanky personality but not too wise either.. Seriously.. right before the 10-year dude?

CCDreamz said...

LOL From what I have gleaned from the gossip mills, they married in California and they have no prenup. 10 years is considered an extended marriage and she cashes in big time. Correct me if I'm wrong but I think it was all business to her. With your post, Chele, and the other things I've heard about him on the net, not one good word mind you, it sounds like this couldn't happen to a better guy.

rikyrah said...

no prenup.

not only is he an azz (you aren't the first person to say so), but he's a dumb one at that.

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