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The scandal: The Los Angeles Lakers star admitted to having sex with a 19-year-old woman and insisted it was consensual after she filed a sexual assault complaint against him. The case was dropped when the woman refused to testify, and the parties settled a civil suit out of court. Bryant bought his wife Vanessa a $4 million diamond ring as an apology.
Post-scandal: Bryant, who split from Vanessa for a year before reconciling in January 2013, quickly buried the scandal from public consciousness with his on-court prowess. He earned two NBA scoring titles, was named league MVP in 2008, and added a fifth and sixth ring to his collection, along with two Olympic gold medals. The Black Mamba singlehandedly willed the Lakers to the playoffs in 2013 before suffering an Achilles injury from which he has vowed to come back stronger.