Re "Finding the Real Bryant Was Never Easy Search," July 19: It has been said repeatedly that we cannot know the "real" Kobe Bryant based simply on his public persona. And taken to its logical extreme, this is certainly true. At a more personal level, who would know him better than his wife, and she surely must have been taken by surprise by his admission of infidelity and criminal charges being filed against him.
On the other hand, when looking at patterns of behavior, who among us has been subjected to the same level of intense scrutiny in all aspects of his or her life as Kobe has? He is one of the most recognizable athlete-celebrities on the planet, and if he had engaged in violent actions against women in the past, wouldn't these stories have been told or have emerged now, as he faces charges? We'll never know the real Kobe, but you will have to excuse me if I withhold judgment and wonder how a man of such stature could be guilty of such a heinous crime.