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Police want to interview Kobe Bryant about church incident

August 16, 2011 |  8:13 am


San Diego police are seeking to interview parishioners who may have witnessed a minor dust-up between basketball star Kobe Bryant and a young man at a church service Sunday, officials said.

Bryant reportedly became concerned that the 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.

Bryant, seeing no pictures on the 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.

The incident occurred at St. Therese of Carmel Church in the upscale neighborhood of Carmel Valley.


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Photo: Kobe Bryant. Credit: L.A. Times file.