Kobe Bryant Image

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

\ Kobe Bryant has built an image as clean-cut and well-mannered.

As his eighth N-B-A season begins, he is expressing himself in
ways fans and teammates haven't seen.

He has new tattoos and a marble-sized diamond earring, and he
rides a motorcycle and frequently refers to God.

The changes came during a turmoil-filled offseason, when he was
charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman in Eagle,

Teammates say they don't know whether Bryant's new image is
related to his legal trouble or just part of growing into adulthood
for a player who entered the N-B-A straight out of high school.

Bryant is due in court for the sex assault case next week.

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