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Kobe's image adrift in negative 'stratosphere'

Updated: October 18, 2005, 2:13 PM ET
By Darren Rovell | ESPN.com

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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