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Police in no hurry to interview Kobe Bryant in church incident

August 17, 2011 |  7:25 am

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San Diego police said detectives don't plan to interview Kobe Bryant about a dust-up at a San Diego church until the man who filed a police report agrees to talk.

An attorney for Bryant denies that his client hurt a young man out of anger because he thought the man was taking his picture in a San Diego church.

"Mr. Bryant is aware of the baseless allegations asserted against him and is prepared to defend against them fully." said a statement issued by attorney Mark Campbell.

Campbell identified Bryant's alleged accuser as Thomas Hagos, 20, of San Diego. Reporters who went to Hagos' home were told to leave by a woman who refused to open the door.

San Diego police would like to interview Hagos but, through a representative, he has indicated that he will not be available for interview until Aug. 24. No reason for the delay was given.

Hagos filed a police report saying that Bryant grabbed his cellphone while they were attending services at St. Therese of Carmel Church in the San Diego neighborhood of Carmel Valley. Bryant was angry because he thought that Hagos was taking his picture, according to the police report.

Finding no pictures on the phone, Bryant returned it. Hagos later went to a hospital with a slight wrist sprain.


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-- Tony Perry in San Diego

Photo: Kobe Bryant.