I understand how some athletes, knowing they’re going to be on the cover of a major publication, can let stylists and fashion moguls craft a look for them and go along with it. What I don’t understand is how you can give your stamp of approval once you see how horrible they look. Such is the case of Kobe Bryant’s white hot photo shoot for LA Times Magazine, not to mention Alex Rodriguez’s masochistic photos. Kobe’s strange white photos that were supposed to be a fashion statement have launched a couple streams of hilarious spinoffs. One tremendous gallery was produced by Deadspin, the other by Black Sports Online, as pointed out by Jimmy Traina’s Hot Clicks. You can check out their fine works on the funny Kobe Bryant pics below. I imagine Kobe’s also seen them because apparently he’s not too happy with the result, calling them too “artsy” for his taste. On top of that, T.J. Simers mentioned in his most recent column that Kobe’s people asked TNT not to mention the photos on Tuesday night. So much for that. It’s impossible for anyone not named Ron Artest or Lamar Odom to refrain from laughing upon seeing those babies. I have a feeling these will stick with Kobe the rest of his life and that’s just a shame. He should have exercised his veto power on this one.