According to several sources, Kobe Bryant’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, has filed for divorce from the Los Angeles Lakers star in Orange County, California.
Kobe and Vanessa have been married since 2001, and reportedly have worked through the issues regarding their divorce privately through counsel.
Sources are also reporting that there was no pre-nuptial agreement as part of the marriage, making Vanessa Bryant a possible beneficiary of up to half of Kobe Bryant’s earnings.
Kobe Bryant is said to have filed the divorce petition on December 1, with Vanessa following suit on December 7th.
The divorce is not a great surprise given Kobe Bryant’s highly-publicized 2003 affair with a hotel attendant in Colorado, which resulted in sexual assault allegations that were later dropped, and other alleged affairs which are said to have taken place more recently.
Obviously, this will be an unwanted distraction for a Los Angeles Lakers team looking to claw its way back into contention in the NBA’s Western Conference during the lockout-shortened 2011-2012 season.