Kobe Bryant: Were His Pals Expecting Trouble?

Walking out of a pretrial hearing last week, Kobe Bryant looked as apprehensive as he ever has since sexual-assault charges were brought against the NBA superstar. The apparent reason: potentially damaging testimony by an Eagle County, Colo., undercover investigator. "Detective A," testifying from behind a black curtain, described the scene when detectives made their first contact with Bryant at his hotel after a Colorado teenager accused him of sexual assault last summer. The detective said Bryant's bodyguard--Troy Laster, an off-duty Los Angeles police officer--commented, "If this is what I think it is, I don't want to be involved." Bryant's attorney was...

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