Kobe's image adrift in negative 'stratosphere'
Three years ago, Kobe Bryant was a sports marketer's dream. Clean-cut, untarnished and talented, the Los Angeles Lakers guard parlayed these attributes into more than $10 million in off-the-court earnings.
Then came felony sexual assault charges in Colorado, and Bryant's life changed.
After a swirl of media attention and speculation that lasted more than a year, the charges were dropped in September 2004, and in March, Bryant settled the civil case. Throughout the ordeal, his play on the ...
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