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Updated: 07:59 PM EDT

Bryant Unlikely to Play in Olympics Due to Trial
Summer Games Could Conflict With Sexual Assault Trial in Colorado

By JOHN NADEL, AP SPORTS

LOS ANGELES (April 30) -- Kobe Bryant acknowledged Friday that his legal problems will probably prevent him from playing in this summer's Olympic Games.


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Kobe Bryant has left the possibility of playing in the Olympics open.




Bryant's agent, Rob Pelinka, released a statement saying the Los Angeles Lakers' star informed USA Basketball it is unlikely he'll be able to compete due to scheduling conflicts concerning his sexual assault charge in Colorado.

But Bryant hopes to keep the door open concerning participation in the Games, to be held Aug. 13-29 in Athens.

"Bryant expressed his intentions at this time to allow USA Basketball ample time to seek a replacement player," Pelinka's statement read in part. "Bryant also relayed a desire to keep the option open of playing for the USA team if there is a change in the scheduling or a dismissal of the case."

USA Basketball executive director Jim Tooley said it is "unfortunate" Bryant won't be able to participate.

"We appreciate the timing of his decision," Tooley said. "This will allow USA Basketball the time needed to identify the best possible replacement."
Only six players are considered locks to play for the U.S. team in Greece: Jermaine O'Neal, Tim Duncan, Allen Iverson, Tracy McGrady, Mike Bibby and Richard Jefferson.

State District Judge Terry Ruckriegle said earlier this week that Bryant will enter a plea in Eagle County during pretrial hearings May 10-12 -- nearly 10 months after he was charged with raping a 19-year-old woman at a Vail-area resort where she worked. He said the two had consensual sex.

Under state law, the trial must begin within six months after that, unless Bryant waives his right to a speedy process.

Both sides told the judge the earliest they could be ready for trial is late August or early September.
The 25-year-old Bryant was formally charged with felony sexual assault on July 18 -- almost three weeks after the alleged attack occurred. He faces four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation if convicted.

The Lakers and defending NBA champion Spurs begin their second-round playoff series Sunday in San Antonio.



04/30/04 19:38 EDT

Copyright 2004 The Associated Press.


I still think the US will win the Gold medal, but our chances would have been much better if he were able to play. Thankfully for him, he will still be young enough to play in 2008 in China, provided he won't be in jail on this trumped up charge.
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Garbage, that's all I gotta say.
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What is garbage?
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Him missing the olympics, I was looking foward to seeing Kobe and AI on team USA.
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Him missing the olympics, I was looking foward to seeing Kobe and AI on team USA.
Oh, OK.
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There are enough players that can take his place. I think T-Mac is a better guard than he is.

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I still dont think he raped that girl

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Me neither, besides alot of players are waffeling about going. They want to put them on a boat for lodging. I wouldn't want to sleep on it.

I believe the terrorist are trying to strike anything Western.....and Greece does not have their shit together. I wouldn't go.
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There are enough players that can take his place. I think T-Mac is a better guard than he is.
T-Mac is the better score, but Kobe is the more complete player. He plays both ends of the floor.
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i think the title is wrong...thanks to the rape trial? its "his fault" if hes charged for that...if the case went to court then hes not a saint IMO. and i dont think he raped the girl but as i said hes not a saint and he should think about the consequences

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Man, that's too bad. They really should just put the trial off so that he can play. In fact, professional athletes should not be held accountable for their (alledged) actions at all, or have to take the time to prove their innocence if that is the case. Screw the court system! Give pro athletes a BYE
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The rape trial is taking place because clearly the prosectuion had enough evidence and cause to believe that they could make a case out of this. True he is innocent until proven guilty but he still has to abide by the laws of his country.

A normal person wouldn't be given anymore than Koby. They'd probably have to miss several days from their jobs as well.

People treat athletes with kid gloves, which is sad because they are just human like everyone else, and can commit shocking crimes.

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According to an article in the new issue of Maxim, Kobe claims it was all consensual until he ejaculated on her face but they parted "on good terms".

Don't worry, Kobe will get off. I just hope that he gave that poor girl a towel.
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According to an article in the new issue of Maxim, Kobe claims it was all consensual until he ejaculated on her face but they parted "on good terms".

Don't worry, Kobe will get off. I just hope that he gave that poor girl a towel.
I think she used one of her dirty drawers from home.
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I don't know, I don't feel sorry for him. Maybe if he just kept his dick in his pants, considering he is married and all, none of this would've happened.
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