SAN DIEGO – Back in August, a a California man accused Los Angeles Lakers All-Star guard Kobe Bryant of injuring his wrist during a dispute over a cell phone in a church near San Diego. At the time, police sources would only say that “something occurred” and that they would be “following up” to determine what happened.
TMZ.com reports Wednesday that the case will be referred to the prosecutor’s office in San Diego.
Law enforcement sources tell us … the case will be referred to the San Diego City Attorney, but cops think at best it would be filed as a misdemeanor battery, which carries a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail.
Days after word of the incident first surfaced, Bryant issued a strong denial through his attorney.
Kobe’s attorney Mark Campbell says the Los Angeles Lakers superstar is “aware of the baseless allegations asserted against him, and is prepared to defend against them fully.”
Well, obviously, “misdemeanor battery” is a significantly better proposition than “felony assault” or some such, so this is a step in the right direction for Bryant, who probably wishes this whole incosequential incident would simply go away all together. But it’s rarely that easy for celebrities, especially those with money living in one of the world’s most litigious locales: Southern California.