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Kobe Bryant denies injuring man in San Diego church

Aug 16, 2011, 8:26 PM EDT

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As one would expect, Kobe Bryant has denied injuring a man by snatching a cell phone out of his hand in a San Diego church.

His attorney issued a statement to the Los Angeles Times.

“Mr. Bryant is aware of the baseless allegations asserted against him,” said a statement issued by attorney Mark Campbell, “and is prepared to defend against them fully.”

Thomas Hagos, 20, of San Diego, filed a police report against Bryant saying the Laker star snatched a cell phone out of Hagos hand during a church service at St. Therese of Carmel Church in the San Diego area. The report says Bryant accused Hagos of taking pictures of him and his wife, but when no images were found the camera was returned. Bryant reportedly left the church before the service ended.

Hagos reportedly has said he had to go to the hospital for pain in his wrist after the incident. He has not spoken to reporters, and he has not spoken in detail to the police, according to the Times.

San Diego police would like to interview Hagos but, through a representative, he has indicated that he will not be available for interview until Aug. 24. No reason for the delay was given. Until the alleged victim is interviewed, police do not plan to interview the basketball star, a police spokesman said.

Make of this what you will. To me it still sounds like a small time incident that has blown up due to the police report, a report that you would need to file if you were thinking about a future lawsuit. The same reason you would go to an emergency room.

  1. trbowman - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    Kobe acting like the goon he is, nothing to see here.

    Inb4 the Kobe apologists get mad.

  2. dirtybird2020 - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:22 PM

    A fricken gold digger! Now kobe has 2 gold diggers to worry about! Haha

  3. nesuperfan - Aug 16, 2011 at 9:48 PM

    The A-hole should have never touched the guy or his phone. Who the hell does he think he is?

    • cosanostra71 - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:41 PM

      The A-hole should have never taken pictures of Kobe or his wife. Who the hell does he think he is?

      • nesuperfan - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:54 PM

        First, if you are in public, you can legally take pictures of anyone, whether they like it or not….you don’t get to touch them because you don’t like it. Second, the report say there were no pictures found on the phone, so he didn’t take any (“when no images were found the camera was returned”).

        @cosanostra71 I guess reading comprehension was not taught in your school?

      • nesuperfan - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:54 PM

        First, if you are in public, you can legally take pictures of anyone, whether they like it or not….you don’t get to touch them because you don’t like it. Second, the report say there were no pictures found on the phone, so he didn’t take any (“when no images were found the camera was returned”).

        @cosanostra71 I guess reading comprehension was not taught in your school?

      • trbowman - Aug 17, 2011 at 1:44 AM

        Where’s the groan button?

      • philliphernandez - Aug 17, 2011 at 2:02 AM

        Dude its during the church service. Whats the phone doing out?

    • phaden27 - Aug 17, 2011 at 12:12 AM

      Because you know what having a lack of privacy from, fans, people who only know you by name and face, and various media outlets. Bottom line we don’t know what really happened we weren’t there. Guy’s diggin’, Kobe might be payin’, and that’s the way it is.

  4. therookie773 - Aug 16, 2011 at 11:49 PM

    Kobes playing overseas

  5. bloodydamnsox - Aug 17, 2011 at 1:29 AM

    Kobe’s a thug. Gosh – hope he doesn’t come over & snatch my iPad out of my hands.

  6. diablito0402 - Aug 17, 2011 at 7:13 AM

    Guy just trying to get paid, bottom line, sad though.

  7. fouldwimmerlaik - Aug 17, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    This is what happens when you mess with My Man Kobe. That’s right. Take his picture, BAM, you get Kobe in your face. This guy is lucky Kobe didn’t bend him over the church pew and fill him full of holy divinity while singing the Ave Maria. BAM. You mess with Kobe, Kobe mess with you. He has proven he can do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, to whoever he wants. He is Kobe.

    And he doesn’t even have to buy his wife a ring for this one. BAM.

  8. ocgunslinger - Aug 17, 2011 at 7:26 PM

    We weren’t there so we don’t know what was said before the phone was grabbed. I don’t blame him or any celebrity who doesn’t want his children involved with “fans” in any manner. He returned the phone so it was like a basketball play……no harm no foul.

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