If Only Lawrence Taylor Was Afforded This Luxury

Kobe Bryant’s wife Vanessa wore a shirt last night to the Lakers-Suns game that said, “DO I LOOK ILLEGAL?

Vanessa Bryant Wearing Do I Look Illegal Tshirt At Lakers Suns Playoff Game

(Shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with 3% of Los Angeles)

Funny she brings it up as the future Mrs. Bryant, Vanessa Laine, was 17 when she met Kobe for the first time. Of course, that illegality had nothing to do with immigration. (Though you could make a case for sneaking over the border.)

Vanessa was an underage minor dancing in a rap video in Orange County when Bryant first spotted her in 1999. Two years later, they were married in a ceremony that didn’t include Kobe’s parents, his two sisters, any his teammates or his longtime adviser and agent Arn Tellem.

L.A. TIMES headline at the time: “Laker’s Marriage Plans Are the Talk of His Fiancee’s High School.”