The Athletic Reporter
September 12, 2005 Sports News the Way You Want It. Completely Made Up. Issue 127
Kobe Bryant Shows Up At Legal Hearing In Basketball Uniform In Hilarious Mixup
Originally posted 5/17/2004

A sheepish Bryant shares a chuckle with attorney Pamela Mackey
EAGLE, CO - Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who has been commuting back and forth from Eagle, Colorado to Los Angeles in order to appear at pre-trial hearings for a pending rape charge as well as in Lakers playoff games -- often in the same day -- gave everyone a good laugh this week when he showed up to court in his basketball uniform. "Oops!" Bryant told an amused courtroom audience. "My bad."

The mixup occurred last Tuesday prior to Game 4 of the Lakers-San Antonio Spurs second round playoff series, as Bryant arrived in court to deliver a "not guilty" plea. Perhaps aided by the fact that he was already in his basketball uniform and didn't have to worry about changing from his typical courtroom suit and tie attire, Bryant scored 42 points as the Lakers won 98-90 to even the series at two games apiece.

By way of explaining the wardrobe mixup, Bryant told judge Terry Ruckriegle that he's been back and forth between Colorado and Los Angeles so many times lately that he occasionally loses track of where he is. "Sometimes," Bryant said, "I don't know whether I'm going to the Colorado District Court or the Lakers' basketball court!"

"Oh, Kobe," Ruckriegle chuckled in reply. "What are we going to do with you?"

Several members of the Lakers organization confirmed that Wednesday's snafu was not the first of its kind. "I remember this one time," said Lakers rookie forward Luke Walton, "Kobe showed up at practice in a nice suit and tie. He wasn't even wearing sneakers. Coach Phil [Jackson] said we should all see how long it took before Kobe noticed. We made it about ten minutes before everybody started laughing. Kobe was like, 'What? What?' It was hilarious."

Bryant's attorney Pamela Mackey apologized to Ruckriegle and promised to keep a closer eye on her client. "I'll do my best to make sure that nothing of this madcap, wacky nature happens again," she said.

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