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Mon Jan 27, 2020, 11:25 AM

Journalist who linked to story about Kobe Bryant rape case suspended

Will Sommer Retweeted

It's outrageous and cowardly that the Washington Post is suspending a reporter for tweeting factual, reported information about a public figure who was credibly accused of rape.


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Reply Journalist who linked to story about Kobe Bryant rape case suspended (Original post)
mahatmakanejeeves Jan 27 OP
frazzled Jan 27 #1
mopinko Jan 27 #2
ScratchCat Jan 27 #3
58Sunliner Jan 27 #5
More_Cowbell Jan 27 #9
58Sunliner Jan 27 #4
femmedem Jan 27 #6
Mersky Jan 27 #7
Faux pas Jan 27 #8
stillcool Jan 27 #10

Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 11:30 AM

1. Well, The NYT published a story that discusses it

among other, less laudatory aspects of his career. Actually, it's an obit, titled "Kobe Bryantís Brilliant and Complicated Legacy." I thought it a bit harsh, given the recentness of the loss, and the fact that his family is grieving two losses. But still, no one has been suspended. Public figures' lives are public, and the good and the less good, if factual, I suppose are fair game.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/01/26/sports/kobe-bryant-obituary.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 11:30 AM

2. the fuck?!?

please. dead worship has limits people.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 11:31 AM

3. I disagree with Klion

It was neither the time nor the place and she was doing it for clicks/controversy. No reason to go there the day he dies.

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Response to ScratchCat (Reply #3)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 11:42 AM

5. Will you feel the same when the orange anus dies?

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Response to 58Sunliner (Reply #5)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 01:31 PM

9. Exactly. nt

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 11:41 AM

4. Male privilege. I bet she got death threats as well.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 11:49 AM

6. You can say it was insensitive to his fans and family; you can say it was sensitive to his accuser.

There's so much to admire him for and so many reasons to grieve. But this happened too, and it isn't fair to his accuser to pretend that it didn't.

I personally wouldn't have linked to the story so soon, but I can't justify suspending and possibly firing a reporter who did.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 12:14 PM

7. This happens in families, too

Someone passes, and the sorrow turns to stories of the deceasedís wrong-doing. Experiencing this after the loss of especially a couple of my grandparents has been one of the hardest realities of human behavior Iíve had to try to understand. Or just being on the sidelines of another family tear each other apart in analyzing how unfair the inheritance is relative to their views of the departed. The hurt may need to come out, but it can be hard to take.

It is complex dealing with the loss of a human being. I am mournful, with waves of pit-of-the-stomach sadness over the tragedy and shock over Bryant, his daughter, and the other passengers. I will come around to grappling with his transgressions, again, as I did years past. I get how his celebrity quickens the scrutiny in the reporting, but it hasnít much changed my emotional state. Is where Iím at today.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 12:45 PM

8. When I heard the news

all I could think was, he was a rapist. "Hero worship" should end when the "hero" breaks the law IMHO.

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Response to mahatmakanejeeves (Original post)

Mon Jan 27, 2020, 01:38 PM

10. wow...can't say I'm surprised...



Bryant, 24 at the time, was charged with one count of felony assault. It took 14 months for the criminal case to be resolved. The accuser decided she would not testify, and prosecutors dropped the case Sept. 1, 2004. A civil suit brought by the accuser in August 2004 was settled out of court on March 2, 2005, marking the end of an often-graphic legal saga that drew worldwide attention but never resulted in a trial.

Nearly a year of discovery and pretrial hearings took place before Bryant entered a plea of not guilty May 11, 2004. As the case slowly moved toward a trial, the accuserís resolve began to weaken after she added libel attorney Lin Wood to her legal team. Wood believed a criminal trial would not end well for her. The accuser also appeared unprepared during a mock trial a week before jury selection was to begin, according to several people close to the prosecution.
https://www.latimes.com/sports/story/2020-01-26/what-happened-kobe-bryant-sexual-assault-case


https://www.nytimes.com/2004/09/02/us/prosecutors-drop-kobe-bryant-rape-case.html

Prosecutors Drop Kobe Bryant Rape Case
By Kirk Johnson
Sept. 2, 2004

The Kobe Bryant rape case was dismissed yesterday in Eagle, Colo., after prosecutors said the woman who had accused Mr. Bryant of sexual assault was unwilling to testify, leaving the state no option but to drop all charges.

The decision, which capped a yearlong drama of legal maneuvering and debate about the nation's rape laws -- going to Colorado's highest court three times and to the United States Supreme Court once -- came after meetings with the woman, her family and her lawyers, the district attorney in the case, Mark Hurlbert, said. Mr. Hurlbert said in a statement that he wanted to pursue the case and that his decision should not be seen as any reflection on Mr. Bryant's accuser or his office's belief in her account.

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