Charges Dropped in Kobe Bryant Church Assault Case

Charges Dropped in Kobe Bryant Church Assault Case

Charges dropped in Kobe Bryant church assault case. Some good news for the embattled NBA star.

Published February 9, 2012

Kobe Bryant seems to have finally caught a break. While lawyers continue to hammer out his divorce with ex-wife Vanessa Bryant (his hopes of a reconciliation seem to have been shunned), the NBA all-star caught a small break on Wednesday.

Bryant will not be facing charges after accusations that he injured a man last summer at a San Diego church, authorities said Tuesday.

The 6-foot 6-inch baller allegedly grabbed the man's wrist and cellphone at a service in St. Therese of Carmel, thinking the man was taking pictures, and injured his arm. When Bryant found no pictures on the phone, he left the church.

"As prosecutors, we cannot ethically file a criminal case when we lack sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt," District Attorney spokeswoman Gina Coburn said in a statement.

For now, the only court date in Kobe's immediate future is the one that will finalize his divorce.


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Written by Evelyn Diaz

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