After Jayson Williams, few surprises

Originally Published: September 1, 2004
By Marc Stein | ESPN.com

The potential punishment, technically, was real and hard prison time, four years to life. The closest thing to a sentence, in reality, was eight sentences for No. 8, containing 191 words.

With a three-paragraph apology to the young woman who accused him of rape, read in court by his lawyer, Kobe Bryant walked free Wednesday. He can now return to Lakerland with new burdens, like trying to win without Shaquille O'Neal and Phil Jackson, because these charges that admittedly once "terrified" ...

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