Friday, March 21, 2008

NBA Player Wives: Vanessa Bryant

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Name: Vanessa Bryant

Birthdate: May 5, 1982
Birthplace: California
Occupation: Model/Video vixen

Vanessa Bryant (real name: Vanessa Cornejo Ubrieta) is the hot young wife of current NBA superstar, Kobe Bryant. The two met while Kobe was on the set for a music video shoot back in 1999 for G'd Up from the rap group Tha Eastsidaz. After just 6 months of dating, Kobe proposed to Vanessa in 2000 with a $100,000, 7-carat diamond ring. The wedding was held in 2001 in Dana Point, California with only about 12 guests present. Vanessa & Kobe's first child, a daughter named Natalia Diamante Bryant, was born on Sunday January 19, 2003. On May 1, 2006 their second daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore Bryant was born.

This couple isn't without controversy. In 2003, Kobe Bryant faced allegations that he raped a hotel worker in Eagle, Colorado. Kobe denied raping the 19 year old woman, but he admitted publicly that he had a brief extra-marital relationship with her. The charges were eventually dropped. To soothe things over with his wife, Kobe purchased Vanessa a $4.3 million 8 carat (1.6 g) purple diamond ring.

Kobe and Vanessa currently live in the gated Newport Coast community of Ocean Ridge in Orange County, California with their 2 children.

Quotes from Vanessa:

"I know Kobe better than anyone. The great person you see on the court and in the public is a far greater person off the court."

"I know that my husband has made a mistake -- the mistake of adultery. He and I will have to deal with that within our marriage, and we will do so."

Vanessa Bryant at Coed Magazine

Pictures of Vanessa at SuperiorPics

Kobe Bryant items at

See more wives of NBA Ballers at NBA Wives List!

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