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Lakers star Kobe Bryant accused in sex assault case Monday, July 7, 2003 Posted: 6:53 AM EDT (1053 GMT)
EAGLE, Colorado (CNN) -- Los Angeles Lakers pro-basketball star Kobe Bryant is free on bond Monday after turning himself in to police on an arrest warrant for alleged felony sexual assault, authorities said.
Bryant, the successful 24-year-old guard, posted $25,000 bond after he surrendered to the Eagle County, Colorado, Sheriff's Detention Facility Friday, the sheriff's office said Sunday in a statement.
District Attorney Mark Hulbert was quoted by newspapers in Denver and Los Angeles, California, as saying that prosecutors would make a decision on whether to file formal charges after they examine police reports.
The sheriff's office issued a warrant for Bryant after a woman alleged sexual misconduct by the player in a hotel in Edwards, just west of the Vail ski resort in western Colorado, on the evening of June 30, the statement said.
"Upon review of interviews and physical evidence, investigators met with the district attorney's office and concluded they had enough evidence to charge Kobe Bryant with felony sexual assault," the statement said.
"During the investigation, Bryant was cooperative with investigators and remains cooperative with authorities."
A judge has sealed court records in the case, and a spokesman for the sheriff's office refused further comment.
Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak said the allegations are "completely out of character" for Bryant.
"For the seven years he's been with us, he has been one of the finest young men we've known and a wonderful asset to both our team and our community," Kupchak said in a statement Sunday night. "However, since this is a legal matter being handled by the authorities in Colorado, we must refrain from further comment at this time."
Kupchak referred all questions to Bryant's lawyers in Colorado.
Two of Bryant's teammates came to his defense, shaking their heads at the allegations.
"That's totally out of his character, but who knows," said Kareem Rush. "I don't think it's true, so I'm going to stand by him and say that it's 100 percent not true."
"He's a happily married man and I'm sure he's happy. He talks about his wife all the time," Jannero Pargo said. "I can't wait for the truth to come out."
The 6-foot-6-inch Bryant was a member of the 2002 Laker National Basketball Association championship team, averaging 26.6 points per game in four games in the NBA finals against the New Jersey Nets. He was selected to the 2001-2002 All-NBA First Team.
Bryant was also named most valuable player of the 2002 All-Star Game after scoring 31 points, five rebounds and five assists.