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The players' point of view
by Morris O'Kelly / July 23, 2003

A wake-up call has gone out around the NBA, and every player should take notice. The decisions you make in the course of a split-second could change your life forever. Momentary lapses in good judgment could have permanent repercussions. The felony sexual assault charge staring down Kobe Bryant should give pause to every player and any future inappropriate liaison they might consider.

This is what several of them told HoopsHype about the case:

Nick Collison, Seattle

"As soon as you get to the league, you have a bunch of people warn you and lecturing you about situations to avoid. I'm not talking about whether Kobe's innocent or not, or passing judgment. I'm just saying that as a rookie it's a lesson to me and everyone that we've got to make good decisions. Hey, if Kobe can find himself in a situation like this, that sends a message to everyone."

Anfernee Hardaway, Phoenix

"I couldn't believe it. Kobe? Well I couldn't believe he was arrested and then when they finally filed charges, I couldn't believe that either. But we don't know what went on. We have to just wait until the facts come out."

Bo Outlaw, Phoenix

"I just felt for Kobe. I just hope that none of it is true so he can get on with his life. You never want to hear about this happening to anyone. It's a sad situation for everyone involved, not just Kobe. I, you know, feel for the brother."

Earl Watson, Memphis

"It's hard to swallow. I don't know what happened or who's at fault, but I know a lot of kids look up to Kobe and even if he's found innocent, there's just some stuff he can't get back with them."

Patrick Ewing, Houston

"I feel for Kobe. You always have to be careful. You have to be careful to not put yourself in situations where you're vulnerable. There are a lot of things out there that can mess you up. I hope he didn't do anything wrong."

Morris O'Kelly is a regular contributor to HoopsHype.com

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