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Father insists he and Kobe not estranged

Updated: December 18, 2003, 5:12 PM ET
Associated Press

LONG BEACH, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant's father spoke out about his son's assault case Tuesday, saying the NBA star is an intelligent man who will "get through" charges that he assaulted a 19-year-old Colorado woman.

"He's a special young man, I mean, he's very worldly, very intelligent, and I think he'll get through all this," Joe "Jellybean" Bryant told KCAL-TV.

Bryant, coach of the Las Vegas Rattlers of the American Basketball Association, spoke to the television station before a game ...

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