In January, Kobe Bryant told ESPN that his biggest pet peeve has and always will be dog poop, ever since his father, former Philadelphia 76ers father Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, moved Kobe and his mother to Europe so he could play for the Italian A1 League.
In that same interview, Bryant said he hadn’t been intimated by anything since he was beat up in karate class at age six. But that’s a lie…
Kobe, owner of four dogs, is still absolutely terrified of and intimidated by canine fecal matter.
During Jim Rome‘s Ten Questions segment on Showtime, Bryant re-told the story that makes him sound like the biggest priss in the NBA.
It’s a different kind of a beef though. For me it’s a psychological thing. I stepped in dog shit one time when I was young and my grandparents had just sent me some Fresh to Death 1988 Jordans to Italy, and we can’t get Jordans in Italy at that time. So I’m out playing in the yard or whatever and I stepped in some dog shit and I just messed ’em up.
So he stepped in dog poop with shoes on, big deal. One time, I squished fresh puppy diarrhea between my toes during a late night trip to the refrigerator. Where’s my phobia?
Kids are being molested, beaten and staved on a daily basis and he’s telling sob stories about his shoes being ruined by poop? (“OH, you don’t like picking up turds with a plastic bag? I get lacerated by chicken wire if I don’t do my chores. Tell me again about your $200 Elephant Print Jordans.”)