Stephanie Rice and Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant has enough problems to worry about without having to deal with rumors he's having an affair with Australian Olympic swimmer Stephanie Rice, but that's the situation he finds himself in currently.
Rumors have started to swirl that the two may be romantically linked since they were spotted watching cycling at the velodrome. Stephanie was also seen in the audience at one of the U.S. basketball games.
Kobe and Stephanie at the velodrome watching cycling
Stephanie took to Twitter recently to deny any romantic link between her and Kobe.
"FYI yes Kobe and I are friends, but no we are not together and never have been," she wrote. "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."
Stephanie at a U.S. basketball game
Former Australian swimmer Craig Stevens told Sydney radio station Triple M that he thought something was going on between the two.
"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," Stevens said.
Stevens later apologized for the comments, saying he didn't realize Kobe was still married.
"I have honestly felt sick after what I said, I had no right to make comments with second hand information," he said. "I did not realize he was still married. I thought he had been separated, hence why I thought something could be happening. If I could take back what I said I definitely would."
Kobe just recently reconciled with his wife, Vanessa, who filed for divorce from the NBA star in December 2011. At the time TMZ reported that Vanessa had gotten tired of Kobe cheating on her.
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant
Had the divorce gone through Kobe would have lost 3 mansions and $75 millionin the settlement.
TMZ reported in June that Vanessa had called off the wedding. She has joined her husband in London for the Olympics. The couple looks happy together in pics taken with their six-year-old daughter, Gianna Maria-Onore, at a swimming event.
Hopefully Kobe can put this behind him and give the media something else to talk about. As for Rice, she seems to like the attention. Check out the pics below.
Audio of former Australian swimmer Craig Stevens saying he thinks somethng is going on between Kobe & Rice