Los Angeles Lakers

Kobe Bryant Prenup: Black Mamba Will Regret Decision to Forego Agreement

NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14:  Kobe Bryant  arrives for a press conference after National Basketball Players Association  met to discuss the current CBA offer at Westin Times Square on November 14, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 17, 2011

Vanessa Bryant, wife of Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, has filed for a divorce from her husband of ten-and-a-half years, according to a TMZ report.

Right now the big question is, who will lose more—the Black Mamba or the Lakers organization?

In the TMZ report, it's stated that there is no prenup, which means Vanessa will be walking away with half the fortune Kobe has built over the years.

In case you aren't too familiar with how good Kobe Bryant is, it's a lot of money; more money than the average human would know what to do with.

To be blunt, Kobe is going to be losing a heck of a lot. From Forbes:

Bryant was the second highest-paid athlete in the world this year with earnings of $53 million. He has banked $200 million in salary from the Lakers during his career and another $250 million from endorsements which currently include Nike, Smart Car, Turkish Airlines and others. Bryant is likely worth in the neighborhood of $300 million after the tax man, his agent and others have taken their cut.

Bryant’s future earnings potential is still strong. He is the NBA’s highest paid player and the Lakers owe Bryant $79 million over the next three seasons under his current contract.

Not only is he going to lose that money, but this divorce is really going to take a shot at his image.

It took him awhile to rebuild that image after the rape accusations back in 2003. Now, with the claims from Vanessa that the cheating continued, it's hard to believe there will be many people who will look to Kobe for endorsements.

Apparently the details of the divorce have already been worked out behind closed doors, but that won't stop this from becoming a distraction.

Let's face reality here for a second: the Los Angeles Lakers are in a really crappy situation right now.

They just lost the best head coach in NBA history when Phil Jackson walked away after last season, they are having major locker room problems after the failed Chris Paul trade, and, now, the entire team will have to deal with the circus and distraction that will surely surround the divorce.

Kobe may be able to handle it behind the scenes and focus on the game, but that won't stop the media from hounding him and his teammates.

Right now, this is the last distraction the team needed. It could ultimately lead to Kobe deciding to call it quits after the year ends.

Kobe may be losing a heck of a lot of money, but the Lakers are falling apart.

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