somehow scraped together enough cash for a victory parade this week,
but it started an hour late. Whence the delay? A catfight between Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (best known for nailing not one, but two local reporters) and Kobe over who would receiver the undiluted hosannas of Angelenos.
The cause of the hold-up was occurring adjacent to the locker room,
where Kobe was refusing to ride on the City Council bus because the
mayor was to ride on it. At the same time, the mayor, the consummate
spotlight thief, was refusing to get on the City Council bus unless he
got on with Kobe. Kobe loudly denounced the mayor in phrases that
started with "I don't like the …" and ended with "I'm not going to let
him pimp my popularity!"
Thousands of fans take the day out of work/school so they can celebrate the Lakers championship but are forced to wait around an extra hour because the egomaniacal Bryant is having a pissing match with the mayor of LA?
Way to treat your fans – douchebag.