Kobe Accused of Church Assault

Man claims he sprained wrist when Bryant grabbed his phone
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2011 11:32 AM CDT
NBA's Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant gives an instruction for South Korean students during his basketball clinic for youth in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, July 14, 2011.   (AP Photo/ Lee Jin-man)

(Newser) – Kobe Bryant is accused of assaulting a man ... at church, of all places. While attending services at San Diego's St. Therese of Carmel on Sunday, Bryant apparently thought the man was taking pictures of him and wife Vanessa via cellphone, KTLA reports. The man claims Bryant then grabbed the phone, hurting the man's wrist in the process, but gave it back when he realized there were no photos of him on it. The man was treated for a minor wrist sprain at a local hospital and released. Police want to talk to Bryant as well as parishioners who witnessed the incident, the Los Angeles Times adds. (Read more Kobe Bryant stories.)

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