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Kobe Bryant: After alleged tussle in church, parishioners speak out

August 16, 2011 | 11:33 am

As San Diego police seek to interview Kobe Bryant about a minor dust-up at a church service Sunday, some churchgoers said the basketball star deserves a level of privacy when he is worshiping.

Bryant reportedly became concerned that a young man was taking his picture, police said. During a confrontation at the back of the church, Bryant may have grabbed the man's phone, police said.

The incident occurred at St. Therese of Carmel Church in the upscale neighborhood of Carmel Valley. Several parishioners on Tuesday told Fox 5 San Diego that Bryant and his family deserved privacy when in the church.

"Churches are not the place for photos -- outside perhaps, but not in church," one church member told the station.

"I don't think they should take photos of people in church. I mean, it's a private place," another member agreed.

Bryant, seeing no pictures on the man's phone, returned the phone to the man and, with several friends, left the church before the service was completed, police said. The man, as yet unidentified, later went to a hospital with what is described as a minor wrist sprain.

"We're attempting to interview all the [participants]," said a San Diego police spokesman.


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