911 call made a day before Kobe turned himself in

Updated: August 2, 2003, 10:39 AM ET
Associated Press

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. -- Kobe Bryant called 911 the day before he surrendered to authorities on a sexual assault accusation and medics later treated a female at his home, officials said Friday.

The Los Angeles Lakers' star hung up the phone without talking, but a dispatcher called back, speaking to three people, including Bryant, before sending police and paramedics, Newport Beach Police Lt. Tom Gazsi told the Los Angeles Times.

"The need for medical assistance was for someone other than Mr. Bryant. It was evident that no crime occurred and no police assistance was needed," Gazsi told the newspaper in Saturday's edition.

Bryant made the call the day before he returned to Colorado to surrender to authorities after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman at an exclusive spa. He is free on $25,000 bail.

Shortly after he called 911, medics treated a female at the house but did not need to take her to the hospital, said Vickie Cleary, emergency services manager for the Newport Beach Fire Department.

No further details were immediately available, and it was unclear whether the medics treated a woman or child. Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, had a baby girl in January.

Paramedics were summoned to the house for a similar medical emergency on March 5, Cleary said. During that call, paramedics took a female to the hospital after evaluating and treating her at the home.

The March 5 call also involved a medical issue that did not involve criminal conduct, Gazsi said to the Times.


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