Kobe's wife gets the picture

Kobe Bryant looks for opening while being guarded by Tunisia's Mourad El Mabrouk on Wednesday.
Kobe Bryant looks for opening while being guarded by Tunisia's Mourad El Mabrouk on Wednesday. (ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Posted: August 01, 2012

VANESSA BRYANT loves to watch her husband Kobe score - as long as it's on the basketball court.

TMZ, citing a source, reported than Vanessa was "furious" after seeing photos of her shirtless hubby with two women in a Barcelona nightclub last week.

The source told TMZ that the photo was taken after someone had spilled a drink on Kobe. The U.S. star reportedly removed it and sent someone to get him a clean, dry one.

Yet another photo showed Kobe chatting with two women at a table. The source said that the pair were merely fans who had approached Kobe for his autograph.

There is no evidence that anything happened between Kobe and the women, but the source said that Vanessa - who decided not to file final divorce papers last month - was upset that he put himself in such a compromising position.

The incident took place before the Olympics when the U.S. team traveled to Spain to participate in the Nike World Basketball Festival.

We can expect Kobe to behave himself for the remainder of the Games. Vanessa and their two daughtes arrived in London over the weekend.

Rumor has it she brought lots of extra shirts.

Brandi plays nice

Brandi Chastain had nothing but good things to say about goalkeeper Hope Solo after the U.S. defeated North Korea, 1-0, on Tuesday.

On Saturday, Solo took to Twitter to blast Chastain, who is doing commentary for NBC, for criticizing the U.S. team play in a win over Colombia. In that tweet she told Chastain, who helped lead the women's national team to a World Cup victory in 1999, to "lay off commentating about defending and gking until you get more educated @brandichastain the game has changed from a decade ago."

On Tuesday, Chastain praised Solo's performance in goal. After a particularly good save, Chastain described Solo as "very courageous. You have to put your face down there. Good job holding on to the ball."

Ye shall not judge

Innocent until proven guilty. That's the IOC's position on suspicions that Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen doped her way to record times in the 400- and 200- meter individual medleys.

In the 400, which she won in a world record 4:28.43, the 16-year-old swam a faster 50-meter split (28.93) than American Ryan Lochte (29.10) did in the men's race.

While that may raise eyebrows, it isn't reason to suspect foul play said Olympic Committee spokesman Mark Adams, who hinted that Shiwen hadn't tested positive for any illegal substances.

"We need to get real here," said Adams. "These are the world's best athletes competing at the very highest level. We've seen all sorts of records broken already all over the place."

Adams said top athletes undergo "a very, very strong drug-testing program, and we are very confident if there are cheats we will catch them.

"We can't stop speculation. It is inevitably a sad result of the fact that there are people who dope and who cheat. It's very sad we can't applaud a great performance. Let's give the benefit of the doubt to the athletes."

Dre gets bad rap

The Olympic Committe takes its officially licensed products very seriously. Which is why it's none too happy with rapper/entrepreneur Dr. Dre.

Seems Dre circumvented the rules by sending headphones directly to athletes.

Those who received them, seem grateful.

Jack Butland, the goalkeeper for England's men's soccer team tweeted that he loved his "Beats by Dre"

Butland sent another tweet to Karen Carney, a member of the women's soccer team, who was apparently looking to score a set for herself.

"They [Beats representatives] are around," Butland tweeted. "I'm sure they'll bump into you guys soon."

IOC president Jacques Rogge, noting that Panasonic is an official Olympic sponsor, took a dim view of Dre's business practice

"We have to be careful because without these measures there could be no sponsorships and without sponsorships there would be no Olympics," Rogge said.

Sounds like someone didn't get a free pair of headphones.

Watch what you tweet

Police in Dorset, southwest England, arrested a 17-year-old for harassing British diver Tom Daley on Twitter.

They should have charged him with stupidity too.

Before the Games, Daley said he wanted to win a medal for his father who died of brain cancer last year. When he finished fourth in Monday's synchronized diving event, the insensitive teenager, who was not named, tweeted "You let your dad down i hope you know that."

Daley responded by tweeting that he had done his best and yet "you get idiot's sending me this."

The teen then sent several tweets, including "I'm going to find you and I'm going to drown you in the pool."

Police released the boy after telling him that detectives may investigate his Twitter account and bring him in for further questioning. In Britain tweeting offensive messages can lead to criminal charges.

He wuz robbed

No one said Olympic boxing was fair.

On Tuesday, Carlos Suarez a light flyweight from Ohio who is fighting for Trinidad and Tobago - his mother's homeland - knocked Turkey's Ferhat Pehlivan to the canvas a dozen times.

Yet, Pehlivan won the decision, 16-6, because judges count the number of punches landed to determine the winner.

"That's the problem with Olympic boxing," Suarez said. "It's not boxing. It's tag. Those aren't punches. I didn't feel none of his shots. I'm fed up, big-time."

Politically incorrect

Philly has Michael Nutter as mayor. London just has a nut.

Mayor Boris Johnson recently wrote a column for The Telegraph, headlined "Here's 20 jolly good reasons to feel cheerful about the Games."

No. 19, which addressed women's volleyball, was a doozy:

"As I write these words there are semi-naked women playing beach volleyball in the middle of the Horse Guards Parade immortalised by Canaletto. They are glistening like wet otters and the water is splashing off the brims of the spectators' sou'westers. The whole thing is magnificent and bonkers."

Something tells us the women won't like being referred to as otters. Wet or otherwise.

There's a what where?

Is nothing sacred?

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins of the British cycling team said someone swiped his Lycra bodysuit out of the locker room while he was at a spa in Surrey, England.

While stealing is nothing to make light of, we do love the way the English turn a phrase.

In a tweet, Wiggins wrote: "Watch your kit at the Foxhills spa in Surrey, there is a tea leaf about."

Tea leaf?

Apparently that's Cockney slang for thief.

Did you know ...

That Paul McCartney's daughter Stella designed the uniforms worn by Great Britain's athletes?

Contact Tom Mahon at mahont@phillynews.com

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