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If you were Kobe Bryant...(8 posts)

If you were Kobe Bryant...ClydeTri
Oct 9, 2003 5:12 AM
Okay, here is the hypothetical. If you were Kobe Bryant and were facing the upcoming rape prosecution in Colorado and the chance of basically spending the rest of your life in prison as a sex offender, would you strongly look into the possiblity (if its still possible) of transferrring your tens of millions of dollars offshore and making a run for the border and to a country that wont extradite? If you were guilty would you consider it? If you were innocent would you consider it? He has enough money to live a nice life and is facing a potential prison cell. Would you gamble and go to the jury trial?
Guilty or not, he's a celeb and will likely get off..zman994
Oct 9, 2003 5:44 AM
I'm sure he realizes this.

Now, to your hypothetical - no way. The countries that wouldn't send him back are probably countries you wouldn't want to live in.
Guilty or not, he's a celeb and will likely get off..ClydeTri
Oct 9, 2003 5:55 AM
France is one country , remember Roman Polanski? Would want to live in France? I will leave that up to you!
My point exactly. Would you want to live there???zman994
Oct 9, 2003 6:02 AM
Especially in CA... :-) nmjose_Tex_mex
Oct 9, 2003 7:02 AM
Easier said than done,TJeanloz
Oct 9, 2003 6:16 AM
Because he's already been charged, I would guess that he has surrendered his passport. His assets are probably being watched - he'd probably have a hard time transferring big amounts of money anywhere right now.

But the question is would I do it? I don't think I would. If I were guilty and knew it - actually, I can't even really imagine being guilty of rape and knowing it.

But if I were marginally guilty, though I believed I were innocent (i.e. the Kobe defense; I still believe it was consensual), I think I would stand trial.
re: If you were Kobe Bryant...mohair_chair
Oct 9, 2003 6:52 AM
I don't think he would need to transfer his assets offshore. First of all, his assets are jointly owned by his wife, and they can't take away her assets because he flees the country (although I'm sure they'll try, and they'll make it very hard for her). Second, it's a criminal case, not a civil one. It's not a lawsuit where his assets are in question. Even if it were civil, I'm sure he has an umbrella insurance policy that covers him to some extent. Thirdly, he doesn't need to do any bank transfers--he just needs to slip that $4 million ring on his finger and walk away.

Would I run if I were guilty? It's never going to come up, so I have no idea.
So then he could get an awardlotterypick
Oct 9, 2003 10:28 AM
Like Roman Polanski. That guy is like famous and wanted by the US.

So Kobe would pull a Polanski, be a cult icon and get his ESPN, MTV awards via satellite.