CBS Sports
Ben Golliver

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. 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.

Comments (3)
  1. Kobe Sucks says:

    It’s rarely easy for celebrities’ behavioral mishaps to go away? Are you kidding me, CBS?! Being a celebrity makes it EASIER to get off on your charges! History doesn’t lie.

    Look, this isn’t surprising that Mr. Bryant’s in the news yet again. He should’ve been put in prison for the first assault. He is such a loser.

    1. Tommy says:

      Its not assault when its consensual. May want to try reading the pre-trail manuscripts before you open your mouth bud.

  2. Vero says:

    These idiots are out to get Kobe, the jerk just wants money so he acting like he’s hurt. Be a man and not a cry baby!!! Leave Kobe alone!!!!

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