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Stephanie Rice: Kobe Bryant and I are just friends

Kobe Bryant and Stephanie Rice were called out by a few different Australian athletes for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship, leading to Rice addressing the matter. The Australian swimmer says she and Kobe are just friends.

“FYI yes Kobe and I are friends, but no we are not together and never have been,” she wrote in a tweet. “Can’t guys and girls be just friends..? He’s an amazing athlete and I’ve enjoyed getting to know him and many other great athletes in my Olympic journey.”

Rice just gave the story an extra day in the news cycle by responding. Considering that she doesn’t mind being spotted with him in public, or showing off racy bikini pics on Twitter, it’s safe to say she likes the attention. And based on these pictures, it seems like Kobe keeps finding himself in mix-ups with women.

I don’t dispute that they’re just friends and not together, but that doesn’t mean they haven’t hooked up. Only a fool would believe that they haven’t, or that they haven’t gone overboard with their flirting.



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  • JohnBrown31

    I reiterate, I would like to hear just one story about a
    U.S. basketball player involved with a black woman at the London Olympics.  Their predilection for white and light-skinned
    Hispanic women is what I refer to as the Don Cornelius syndrome.  He was the Soul Train man – the black pride;
    black is beautiful guy, but in his personal life, he preferred white blonde
    women.   Some would call this hypocrisy.
     

  • Mexoplex

    Kobe! stay. away.from.them.white.girls!

  • lepasc

     Whats the problem with white girls…they’re beautiful!
    Just like balck girls I should add…the O.G must be THE hardest (!!!) place to be if you’re a married young athlete…

  • Mexoplex

    ’cause he got in trouble with one in Utah…

  • Mexoplex

    whats your point?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/IYGHHDWKG6PZYTNFKG3QHMNENA Michelle

    What is wrong with all of you??!!!  Stop making this a race issue- WTF!!  This is about a  man who has admitted he cheated on his wife in the past and who should not be putting himself in situations where it might seem like he is cheating again…period!  No matter what color the girl is!

  • http://profiles.google.com/alexandercool99 Michael Alexander

    Uh I say people can date who they like ! Music great Quincy Jones likes White women as well ! 

  • http://profiles.google.com/alexandercool99 Michael Alexander

    I think you hate seeing Black men with White women ! Uh well get over it buddy ! New days are a’dawnin’ !

  • http://profiles.google.com/alexandercool99 Michael Alexander

    Uh he could have gotten in trouble with any girl ! Now having said that, not too long ago in America, Black men were lynched for looking at a White woman !

    Anyone know the story of 14 year old Emmett Till ? He’s just one of thousands of Black males who lost their life over a White woman !

  • Mexoplex

    you are looking WAY too hard into this. And you kind of proved my point.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NIKCMKB2E7AP2TMEIWX6WN5RC4 Felicia

    Everybody needs to stop hating. kobe is going to do what he wants to do. If the wife likes it i love it. Who cares what color she is, alot of black men do like whit girls. i dont care . Its always about race. this world will never change. Let his wife worry about that. Everybody mind thier dam business.

  • Jon Garrett

    the reason for this is simple.  when a black man is successful and achieves what most of us can only dream of he still feels like he has not “overcome” and to truly “overcome” he has to have what a white man cherishes most–a white woman.

  • for5dollar

    No just getting tire of seeing a rapist on every channel, he paid that off in cash, he should have been rejected from any ball game and public viewing, he is a rapist and that is that. What a prison we live in, no control, no getting away from the rats.

  • for5dollar

    What a nasty article, good bye

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4EVXWWV4ILI7ZX3ICUUP2SWELU BDADDYH2H

    BE CAREFULL GIRL HE HAS BEEN KNOWN TO RAPE WHITE WOMEN AND THE PAY THEM OFF TO KEEP THERE MOUTHS SHUT!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6RTAYPKO3D634RPWNNAYVRKIWI KandyMan

    Another ignorant person thinking that Kobe raped that young girl.what was that girl doing at the same hotel that Kobe was staying.I strongly believe that the girl wanted to have sex with him then accuse him of rape just to get attention and money from him.Think about it, it’s not like she has the money he does and will never will..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6RTAYPKO3D634RPWNNAYVRKIWI KandyMan

    The fact is that it don’t matter that he is Black or Laker. Many people hate on other people when they are rich and successful. They don’t wanna see them live a happy life, because they are not happy with their own.

  • woolfal

    Kobe is divorced, right?

  • JohnBrown31

    What is my point?  What is it about the word “hypocrisy”
    that you do not understand?  It
    means pretending to have principles that one does not really have. Black women
    are beautiful until you find the right white or Hispanic one. Whenever anyone
    comments on black men’s preoccupation with fair skinned ladies, you get very
    defensive and either claim to be innocent and honorable guys with no particular
    interest in white women, or you claim to be irresistible to women and have to
    fight the white women off. 
    National crime statistics contradict that with annual reported cases of
    white men raping black women usually in the dozens, whereas reported cases of
    black men raping white women is always well into the thousands – so much for
    being irresistible.  The beautiful Latinas
    with Kobe Bryant and MJ, of course, are with them because of their good looks, personality,
    and animal magnetism and it has nothing to do with them being multimillionaires.
    LOL.
     

  • JohnBrown31

    Hey Michael.  No, I think people should date and
    marry whomever they want.  What I
    hate is hypocrisy.  I dated black
    women in college and graduate school, albeit quite a few years ago.  I was beaten up twice; my black
    girlfriends and I were followed and insulted in department stores,
    supermarkets, movie theaters and malls by groups of black guys with my
    girlfriends having to hear the “Oreo” word over and over.  Black guys want to be so protective of
    their black womenfolk, especially good-looking ones, but God forbid if white
    men were to protest black guys with white women, they’d not only be in a fight,
    but be charged with a hate crime as well.  Moreover, you are never fighting just one black guy – you
    have to fight him and all his homies at the same time.  You never address my specific points
    such as the late Don Cornelius hosting Soul Train year after year with hundreds
    and hundreds of beautiful black girls dancing seductively in front of him and
    evidently they never turned him on because he wanted the white blondes.
     

  • JohnBrown31

     

     

    Jon,

     

    I think there are two dimensions
    to this: there is the pure, unadulterated lust after not so much the white woman,
    as it is fair skin: white women; light-skinned Hispanic women; light-skinned
    Asian women, and as a last resort, light-skinned African-American women.  The other dimension is social-psychological
    – the in your face: Hey, white world, look what I’ve got!

  • Rhett Beverly

    Amen to that. That’s the truth and nothing but the truth.

  • guest1920

    I think you are right. However I do think if so many people were not bigots many white men would prefer black women and black men, white women. I have had conversations with my white girlfriends and they all stated they have that same thought about black men. Which ever way you look at it, the world is full of bigots and this drives peoples decisions in life.

    As far a Kobe is concerned, rich or poor, he is married. RESPECT the wife. If he knows this is going to cause issues in his relationship, he would stop to keep down the drama.

    I think Kobe has told his wife to deal with this because it comes with the territory. His wife knows the day the divorce papers are signed, her money does not multiply anymore. However Kobe will go on to make more. Getting 3 houses seems great but taxes come along yearly  totaling millions. Unless she starts making her own way, she will not maintain her status. 

  • realove

    Jon,
    I guess you have never had a black woman.You know what they say, the blacker the berry the sweeter the juice. “Overcome”,  you need to overcome the fact that when your cherished white women get a taste of a black man they dont want you ever again…..just saying. And thats facts baby, I have many white girlfriends who date only black men and not rich ones either! So stop spewing hate you asshole!!

  • renovimus1

    Geez you guys give it a break.  I’m a Black woman that prefers White men.  No there is nothing wrong with Black men.  It’s a preference for me.  Why do you have to make everything so personal.  I have only dated a Black man once in my life – not bad but not what I wanted or preferred.  I’m getting married next month and yes, he’s White – the comments are silly and intrusive.  How about everybody just stay in their own lane.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/abovetheweather Walt Rodriguez

     I still cannot for the life of me figure out what this guy is ranting on about. do interracial friendships bother you is that it? did a black man steal your woman? its probably because your a close mined fool that lives like its a 50’s

  • renovimus1

    Everybody calm down.  Alice Walker, Stacey Dash, Iman, Diana Ross, Halle Berry, Tatyana Ali, Dianne Carroll, Lynn Whitfield, Kelly Roland for a while, Josephine Baker, Naomi Campbell, Robyn Givens have all dated and or married white men.  Black women are simply not as out in the open regarding interracial relationships. Since I seem to only date white or men of other races (no there is nothing wrong with black men) I’m glad that many black women are getting away from only dating black men.  Heck, there are a lot of different flavors out there.  Robyn Thicke, Jon B, Robert Dinero, Michael Phelps, Paul Wall  – Ladies – sample sample!!!

  • renovimus1

    Oh, more for the list:
    Antonio Banderas, Brad Pitt, I find most Arabian men gorgeous, Italians, Russians,  Canadians, oh my God, it’s about time that black women find out what black men have: That many flavors help rid one of boredom.  It’s about time black women step off and date others.  Honestly, I don’t think that many of today’s black men and women have anything in common. 

  • JohnBrown31

     Hey renovimus1.  If you are trying to tell me that you never received any heat from black people for preferring white men, you are either not telling the truth or you are living on another planet.  Many years ago, Michael Jackson said in an interview that he wanted to marry Brooke Shields and no one said boo.  Were a Beyonce or a Mariah Carey, when they were single, to have announced that they wanted to marry Brad Pitt, the black community would have crucified them.  Again, what I have trouble with is hypocrisy and the double standard.

  • JohnBrown31

     Hey Walt!  You should read my reply to Michael Alexander’s comment.  All you guys stick to the same theme: anyone who points out your preference for white and light-skinned ladies does so because we’re insecure and envious of all your sexual heat.  You never address the specific points I make.  We all know that you guys are God’s gift to women.  One of the black women I dated years ago was married to an abusive black guy twice my size.- in every way.  Yet, this lady preferred being with me.  I treated her well and did not throw her around the room like this animal did.  In the final analysis, the fact that his male member was larger in size than his IQ did not impress her.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZLEI5PGMWGOXHG52QN5MVLW7WY Vanessa

    @ renovimusl, I agree 100%. I’m a black woman and rather than staying home and having a pity party, have dated white men and have found I have a lot more in common, especially with those who know our culture. Black women should go to interracial dating sites and find men who want to date and marry black women. With every commercial, video, anything you watch on TV portraying the standard of beauty as being blonde, white or fair complected women, don’t fall into this nonsense. We are beautiful with our cinnamon brown or cocoa skin! Who cares what the media or anybody thinks. The black men have truly fallen into the devil’s trap of wanting what the white man has, even if it means abandoning their own women. And yes, I get the double standard, the dirty looks and all from black men. They feel that they can do it; but, when it comes to us, they bring up slavery and how white men raped black women and that a white man should never touch a black women, ever! Double standard BS! Date whomever you please, how he treats you is what’s important, not his race.

  • renovimus1

    Are you kidding, I have gotten a ton of flak regarding my own preferences but I will not wake up next to a person that I married or simply decided to sleep with because of popular opinion.  The opinions that matters are mine and his.  This business about black women holding out for the perfect black man – that’s just crazy and if there are more than a couple left it will be really slim pickins for those sisters that apparently can only love black.  Do you really think that the true heart will hold out because of color or race? 

  • renovimus1

    That slavery bs is played.  We are so beyond it.  If you are a black woman with a business, education, childless, debtless, drama-less, well traveled, have any understanding of this crazy economic and social system that we live in – you will find that you have even less in common with black men.  Why pretend?

    If you have not gone on a visit to Italy, please do so.  Italian men love intelligent black women.  We had a ball!

  • renovimus1

    You can not tell me that Vanessa does not now know exactly who she is married to.  (If) Kobe is creeping (again) Kobe will purchase another 16 million dollar bauble for her and life will go on as usual at the Bryant house.  She’s not worried about him, why should we be.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZLEI5PGMWGOXHG52QN5MVLW7WY Vanessa

     You’re right, it’s the shallow people, like yourself who want to shout, hey white world, look what I’ve got. It’s that kind of warped thinking is why plastic surgery is a multi-billion dollar industry. White women are sticking foreign objects into their breasts to make them bigger, liposuction, lip injections, butt implants, blonde hair color, starving and binging themselves all for the sake of being that trophy on your arms and holding up to the “so called” standard of beauty. You like who you like, but for others, African American women may not be considered a last resort! Keep your negative views and preferences to yourself you jerk!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZLEI5PGMWGOXHG52QN5MVLW7WY Vanessa

     Since you’ve brought up this subject of rape, white men have had many, many years of raping black women and girls and never ever got as much as a slap on the wrist for doing so. Where do you think all of the fair-skinned black women came from? Look back into history dude. Thus the more fair-skinned a black women is, the more the powers that be believe is closer to white, so the media chooses them rather than a brown skin tone. This country is sick with a disease called racism. 

  • JohnBrown31

     Vanessa,
    You raise very valid points and I accept them.  The sad history of slavery and the sexual exploitation of black women is a shameful legacy, but does not excuse the current behavior of black pimps, for example, who are equal opportunity abusers who beat, tattoo, brand, and even kill black, white, Hispanic, and Asian girls under their control.  Racism is not just a white thing and you know it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/LXW2BZGBK7U2Y72DNLBOFEWBBU Lucie

    Actually racism is a white thing. If your race is in the minority, you can not be a racist (that’s a fact)! Yes, you can be prejuidice but you can not be a racist!

  • Jillian Brewster

    This is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.  Racism is defined as hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.  NOWHERE does it say that only the majority can be racist to minority groups.  You make absolutely no sense.

  • Semaj Seward

    i would’nt mind meeting you. you sound interesting.

  • Semaj Seward

    interesting point Vanessa. Kudos.

  • Semaj Seward

    I understand that thought process Jon. I think that success is many things. when a competitor is told he cant, he usually will make it his business to prove you wrong, even if what you say isn’t valid or important..it’s the way testosterone makes us. Not only does it apply to dating the socially” higher” race/class either, it applies to any desire ..especially when others are watching.

  • Jon Garrett

    I can agree with that.

  • Jon Garrett

    never had a black woman? dont make me laugh. I dont cherish white women as Ive never been in a relationship with one–not even close.

    and its not hate, its an opinion–like yours, Im entitled to one you silly whore.

  • fantfanz

     LUCIE
    WAS MALCOLM X A RACIST OR WAS HE PREJUDICED?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/HWSWJNUDVTWUW24O6DU4HC5TXI Michael Mcdonough

    oh who cares what the hell they are doing how the heck is this even consider newsworthy enough to be an article ooo next itll be a movie of the week on the lifetime for women network

  • JohnBrown31

     Hey Vanessa, I am glad you have been honest here about the double standard and getting dirty looks from black men when you have been with a white man.  When I think of all the times I had to endure my black girlfriends, and I had two long-term relationships, being called “Oreos,” by black men and also having them insulted by black women just because they were with me, I wonder what kind of cookie I could have called the black guys who constantly chase white girls. 
    Do you remember that black model, Naomi Sims?  In my opinion, she was one of the most beautiful women to have ever walked the earth.

  • Paul klark

    I like white women too !!!

  • aliniraq

    I was trying to pick up on the topic. What are you all talking about, inter-racial dating/marriage?

  • aliniraq

    Black men have been doing to white women, for years, what white men have been doing to black people for hundreds of years, F***ing them.