LOS ANGELES (CBS) — “The Insider” co-host Kevin Frazier reports that Laker superstar Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa are divorcing.

Vanessa (nee Laine) filed for the divorce in Orange County.

“We ask that in the interest of our young children and in light of the upcoming holiday season, the public respect our privacy during this most difficult time,” the couple told Frazier.

Photo Gallery: “Kobe and Vanessa”

The couple wed in April 2001 and have two children, daughters aged 5 and 8.

Vanessa Bryant reportedly cited irreconcilable differences for the reasons of the break-up.

According to celebrity website TMZ.com, she is asking for joint custody.

Vanessa Bryant famously stood by her husband in 2003 when he was accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old hotel worker in Colorado.The assault case was dropped the following year when the alleged victim refused to testify in the trial.

The Bryants did not have a prenup. He reportedly, ” loved her too much for one.”

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Comments (16)
  1. UhohUhoh says:

    Never seen this coming…

  2. Puddin' Tane says:

    No one cares.

  3. ILLEGALS says:

    What a surprise..

  4. Bob Rooney says:

    10 year rule and no prenup!!

  5. Tempus Nunc says:

    Should have done it sooner, but I know why she stayed.

  6. Bravo Kelo 31 says:

    I hope she takes him to the cleaners. That anal sex thing years ago never really went away.

  7. charlie says:

    Damn, gotta get her a bigger diamond ring now Kobe,

  8. #1 No More says:

    Kobe is no longer number one in this town. The wifey is finally realizing that as are the people of this city. The Clips have stolen his house. Bummer for him. I predict she hooks up with Blake Griffin

  9. Henry Truong says:

    Once an idiot will always be an idiot.

    1. Schizo who thinks everyone's named MIKEY says:

      Henry Truong

      That’s what people keep telling me and I don’t know why.

      1. MIKEY IS STILL A PUS$Y says:

        Kobe like to hide his “Black Mamba” in my transgendered, hermaphroditic, lesb1an vagina.

  10. rankin1 says:

    Long shots:Kobe will date black women;1000=1.Jerry Buss[78] will date women over 28500=1/Luke Walton will be the highest paid bench warming towel waving cheerleader.50-1.place tour btrs.

  11. starlifter says:

    Who really cares?????????

  12. Pia December says:

    DAMN PIMP!!!!

    Congratulations Vanessa!!! Can’t wait to see who you will date first!!!
    I vote for C__________ M___________ that would be a pretty good

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