Plenty of Colorado sports fans know ESPN's Skip Bayless as an idiot if only for his advocacy of Tim Tebow as an NFL quarterback even when he wasn't guiding the Broncos to still-inexplicable victories. But Bayless took his usual meatheadedness to heretofore unforeseen levels when he recently suggested during an episode of ESPN's First Take, as seen in a clip on view below, that the reputation of the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant had actually been enhanced by the sexual-assault allegation made against him in Eagle County, Colorado back in 2003. Really.
See also: Welcome to Kobeville, our August 2003 coverage of a Kobe Bryant appearance in Eagle County
Here's the video....
....and here's the transcript of Bayless's remarks:
"Remember Kobe pre-Eagle, Colorado? He failed in his first sneaker deal because he was just too clean-cut and I think it was Adidas that had him first, correct me if I'm wrong, but he couldn't sell sneakers because he didn't have enough edge. But then post-Eagle, Colorado it brought a little attention to him -- like it gave him a little bit of sizzle."
Matt Yoder of AwfulAnnouncing.com refutes Bayless's remarks in a number of different ways. He notes, for instance, that the Lakers star actually lost endorsement deals as a result of the allegations against him, which were never heard at trial; Bryant reached an out-of-court settlement with his accuser that included a public apology but no admission of guilt.
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Still, we prefer a simpler approach. To whit: Any media figure who suggests that being accused of rape makes someone seem appealingly dangerous should be forced to start every sentence for the rest of his career with the words, "I'm still very sorry for saying something so offensive and stupid."
Which could turn out to be a time-saver for him, since there's a good chance he'll say something offensive and stupid right after that....
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