Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice is the victim of yet another scandal as she attempted to quell the Olympic-sized rumors that she and Kobe Bryant of the USA Men’s Basketball team are having an affair.
The New York Daily News reports that the Australian swimmer that took to Twitter earlier this summer to show off her body in a sexy swimsuit, took to the same microblogging site to write:
“FYI yes Kobe and I are friends, but no we are not together and never have been. Can’t guys and girls be just friends..? He’s an amazing athlete and I’ve enjoyed getting to know him and many other great athletes in my Olympic journey.”
The gold medalist’s announcement came after rumors from Rice’s fellow countrymen began circulating that she and the NBA star may have a romantic relationship. Former Olympian Craig Stevens was one who believed the rumors after the two were spotted watching cycling at the velodrome. Stevens stated:
“I think there’s definitely something going on. I remember her telling a story how he kind of put it to her. He had the family coming in the next day but he had that night free.”
While Stevens has apologized for his comments since then, his apology has done nothing to stop the firestorm of rumors surrounding Stephanie Rice and Kobe Bryant. The Daily Mail notes that Rice, whose former jobs included being an avid pole dancer, has already flaunted her relationship with Bryant when she posted pictures with her arm around the NBA star, writing, “First piccy with a “star” going to be hard to beat… Kobe.”
Despite allegations from his wife that he has cheated on her no less than 105 times during their 10 year marriage, Vanessa and Kobe Bryant seem to have patched their relationship up, despite being on the verge of divorce just two months ago. Last week the pair appeared to be enjoying themselves as they watched the final Olympic swimming match with their daughter, six-year-old Gianna Maria-Onore.
What do you think of the rumors that Kobe Bryant is having an affair with Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice?