- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 9, 2003

The legal peacocks in a small town in Colorado cling to the old-fashioned notion that justice somehow will be achieved amid the circus-like atmosphere of the Kobe Bryant case.

The he-said, she-said drama already is awash in the reality-changing eye of television and the talking heads who refuse to speculate as they do just that.

Bryant already has been convicted by a good portion of the television-watching public, force-fed a diet of rumors, innuendoes, theories, guesses and fanciful interpretations.

The one-armed man has been left out of the process so far, along with the man on the grassy knoll.

But give the barkers time.

This exercise in parsing is titillating stuff, of course, plus convenient following the political ascent of Arnold Schwarzenegger in California. The Terminator is not quite old news yet, but even he can’t fill all the needs of those sentenced to the 24/7 yak-fest on cable television.

The Bryant affair beats the most creative charge about groping, which is merely an R-rated endeavor.

None of it is certain to bring light to the goings-on in a hotel room on June30, much less result in a persuasive feeling of guilt or innocence on the part of Bryant.

This is expected to be the trial of the century, as we are just a few years into it, with both sides having enough money, sophistication and press room manners to obfuscate the truth and confuse the jury.

The two props — Bryant and the 19-year-old woman — are almost incidental to the agendas of those calling the shots.

Bryant’s hapless mug is peeking out of the newsstands at grocery stores this week. This is said to be the real Bryant, as opposed to the unreal Bryant, whatever that means.

One newsmagazine claimed he was ready to divorce his wife last summer, as if this tidbit, true or not, rises to the level of the public’s right to know. It certainly rises to the level of pushing a few extra unnecessary magazines on the public.

Anyway, Bryant claimed the subject of divorce was news to him as well.

“Are you kidding me?” he said this week.

Not kidding, Bryant has decorated his body with a couple of pieces of art, one featuring the name of his wife and the other the name of his daughter.

His hot water begins at home, after all.

In the end, who knows what is what?

That has come to be a de rigueur principle of the mess.

There is a reasonable explanation for all the information, bad or good, much of it bad up to this point.

Bryant, by his own admission, is guilty of adultery. After that, tarot cards are apt to be useful.

He left his teammates in Hawaii to join the best darn reality show period in Colorado yesterday. A mob took its appointed place outside the courthouse, as if taking a cue from the television producers.

This is just the beginning, in a way, if Bryant sticks to his plans to play with the Lakers this season. He can expect to be the target of hecklers in the stands and protesters outside the arena.

In what was labeled a “surprise move,” Bryant’s attorneys elected to undergo the tricky legal risks of a preliminary hearing. Tricky or not, it was the move of a person who believes he is innocent and should not have to prove it in a trial.

The initial dirt was unpleasant, as dispensed by a detective who interviewed Bryant’s accuser and supported with photographs.

This is one version of the event, the antithesis of Bryant’s version.

There are only two people who really know what happened in that hotel room.

If Bryant is what his accuser claims to be, a sick puppy who momentarily lost his mind in a fit of lust, he came to it in an ill-established manner. He had no prior history of misconduct, not a hint.

Interestingly enough, since the matter in Colorado hit America’s fan, no other woman has come forward with a bedroom tale involving Bryant.

There is no pattern of caddish behavior in Bryant’s past, just this one night he is alleged to have snapped.

We’ll see if the prosecutors can make their case, but only if we are lucky.

The first blow has been delivered, with more to come.

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