Kobe Bryant, Wife Vanessa Bryant to Divorce; NBA Star's Cheating to Blame

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Vanessa Bryant, the wife of NBA star Kobe Bryant, filed for divorce Friday afternoon, citing "irreconcilable differences." They were married 10 and a half years.

Sources say that Vanessa decided to end the marriage because she thinks the Los Angeles Lakers guard has been unfaithful ... and not for the first time.

As one source close to Vanessa put it, "She's been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she's finally had enough."

"This one is the straw that broke the camel's back."

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Vanessa Bryant famously stuck by Kobe after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman in 2003 (he was acquitted of all charges).

Apparently the cheating didn't end there, though, and while Kobe "desperately" wants to win her back and will do "whatever it takes" ... good luck.

Vanessa is asking for joint custody of their two daughters, Natalia, 8, and Gianna, 5, but is asking that the basketball superstar get visitation rights

There is no prenup, so 29-year-old Vanessa is entitled to half the empire built over the last decade by NBA MVP and five-time champion Kobe, 33.

She's also requesting spousal support, which Kobe will pay. The Bryants released a joint statement saying they have "resolved all issues" privately.

No word on whether Kobe plans on changing his uniform number yet again or if Vanessa plans on joining the new season of VH1's Basketball Wives.

SIDE NOTE: That $4 million ring Kobe gave Vanessa after the 2003 scandal - later referred to as "the Kobe special" by Tiger Woods - all hers. Gift, babe.

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Kobe is a beast on the court period...his personal issues, are none of my biz or concern. My only thing is I hope it doesnt affect is game..ijs.

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And yes there are men I know that remain faithful. They have been married from 30+ years. If you're not that type of guy then that's fine, but to say guys can't keep it in there pants because that's what u all were made to do that is the biggest cop out. It is your ultimate choice to do that. Just b honest about it to women though, to pretend/trick/ lie doesn't do any good it just emotionally brings us down.

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@ granted, do you not believe in God or Jesus? Just because you denounce him doesn't mean everyone does. Believe it or not we Catholics/ Christians prayer together, love and are healed. Who are you to tell or judge a person by their beliefs. Prayer is powerful stuff not to b treated lightly. If you can't accept people's beliefs, why should we accept yours(that's what I would question If I wasn't a believer). Get that stick out of ur butt.

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MAN ALL I CAN SAY IS KOBE OFF THE COURT SITUATION IS NOT MY CONCERN I LIKE KOBE 4 WHAT HE DO ON THE COURT....PLUS WHO R WE 2 CRITICIZE HIS WE DON'T KNOW WHAT GOES ON WIT THEM OFF CAMERA STOP PASSING JUDGEMENT ON WHAT U DON'T KNOW 100% LOOK @ UR RELATIONSHIP........IJS.

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I knew I didn't like him for good reason. Hot ass mess.

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Wow.. this is so stupid.. KOBE.. U CAN DO BETTER

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All I have to say is that she deserves ever single penny!

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Pinky, you are sooo right! I was thinking the same thing! She stayed passed ten years.. That's a milestone in the divorce laws in CA, she is set for life..

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She stayed after the scandal 2 get more yrs under her belt, now w/10 yrs n no pre-nup? She is set 4 life.

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You people who blame her because she's "not that hot" are stupid ass fools! She gave him 2 kids and stuck by him cheating constantly, probably hoping he'd grow up and change! So sick, Kobe is a loser and will probably end up with aids screwing skanks anal or not, unprotected! Good for Vanessa for getting out before he brought her home a damn disease if he hadn't already .....