Tammy Vessels CWV101, Christian worldview Dr. Jim Uhley May 8, 2011 Role Model Essay- Kobe Bryant On April 12, 2011, the San Antonio Spurs went head to head with the Las Angeles Lakers. To give you an overview of the game, the San Antonio Spurs went home with a lost for the game, but in my book I believe that the Lakers lost that night. Now, why I say that is because Kobe Bryant played with a very short fuse on this night, which is a common thing to see. He earned his fifteenth technical foul of the season and coming close to the NBA’s one game suspension.
Bryant’s tantrum was really elevated by punching a chair on the bench. Now, I am personally not surprised, since all season long he has thrown these tantrums. I say tantrums because Kobe is the type of guy that feels everything should go his way. Kobe Bryant was born August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, raised Roman Catholic by Joe “jellybean” Bryant and Pamela Cox Bryant. Being from a Christian religion you would expect more of a respectful attitude, especially in a role model to our children. In my opinion, Kobe Bryant puts out a persona of a new ager in that he is very ego-centrically.
He believes that he should be able to get away with anything he wants, even if that is hurting someone else. Yes, I said even hurting someone would not come across him as being wrong. On July 1, 2003, Kobe Bryant was at a Hotel, Cordillera hotel in Colorado, awaiting having surgery the next day. That night Kobe met Katelyn Faber, a nineteen year old employee at the hotel. Katelyn reported Kobe raping her to the Eagle County Sheriff’s department the next day. Bryant admitted having a sexual encounter with Miss. Faber, but at the time he believed it to be consensual between them both.
On July 4th Sheriff Joe Hoy issued an arrest warrant for Lakers superstar Kobe Bean Bryant. Bryant came back to eagle to turn himself in, voluntarily, right away being released on a twenty five thousand dollar bond. If Kobe is found guilty, He can spend the rest of his life behind bars. But of course that did not happen. Kobe did make a public apology to Faber, but denies having hurt her as claimed. For one most people that have been accused of rape are not being let out of jail on a twenty five thousand dollar bond, especially when to Kobe that is just pocket change.
Two, Why apologize when you supposedly did not do anything wrong, I believe his so called apology was just Kobe’s way of Laughing at his victims Face and the world. As a Christian I personally would have not put myself in the position of being accused of Rape. Kobe is a married man with one child at the time, Why allow the girl in your room in the first place, why commit adultery? I do not see a so called Roman Catholic or Christian man when I see this. People probably say she accused him for the money, Wake up people; there was physical evidence of the Rape.
How can someone that is supposed to be a role model for our children allows himself to be put in to this situation if he did not rape her? I would never want my children to look up to a man or sport entertainer that thought that life is just some sort of game to be played. Kobe looks at the world as if it revolves around him and one day he will have a sad awakening. It has always been my experience that our Lord and Savior will take care of the ones that are truthful and show love to him and others. My Mom has always been my personal role model; she has always helped and cared for others before herself.
She is a women with integrate that doesn’t believe in lying, she say’s honest is the best policy. As a register Nurse for forty years, my mom has seen the worse people can show, yet her faith in people and in our lord has remained strong. Kobe Bryant may have been raised as a Christian, but he has allowed his fame to change him and now he believes from what I can see that he is a God and that everything revolves around him. I can honestly say I pray for his soul. Renferse Sentinel. Los Angeles, Calif. : Sep 9-Sep 15, 2004. Vol. LXX, Iss. 5; pg. A6 http://library. gcu. edu:2048/login? url=http://proquest. umi. com. library. gcu. edu:2048/pqdweb? did=755625871&Fmt=7&clientId=48377&RQT=309&VName=PQD . “Responding to Bryant with a call for responsibility. “, Amaechi, John, New York Times 16 Apr. 2011: D2(L). Gale Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. http://ic. galegroup. com. library. gcu. edu:2048/ic/ovic/NewsDetailsPage/NewsDetailsWindow? displayGroupName=News&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CA254125815&mode=view&us