Russell Otis, the high school coach of Tyson Chandler and Tayshaun Prince, has been accused of trying to get one of his players to commit a sex act on him and attempting to steal $15,000 of Nike sponsorship money. He will now stand trial for these alleged acts next month.
Otis has already been acquitted once when accused of sodomizing another player in 2001. However, he continued to work at Compton Dominguez High School until the embezzlement was discovered; he was then placed on paid leave. As always, the lesson is this: you can be accused of molesting children as long as you win, but don’t you ever mess with Nike.
Kobe Bryant was spotted at the Orange County Civil Courthouse in Santa Ana, CA, on Wednesday. But he wasn’t there to face any charges - he was there to possibly pass judgment on others.
In case you couldn’t tell, that pic of Kobe awaiting selection for jury duty comes courtesy of TMZ. Originally in a pool of 40 prospective jurors, Bryant still has a chance to spend more of his time in the halls of justice as the pool has been whittled down to 18 - and he’s still in the running.
The trial Kobe could be put on involves a case of car vandalism. But surely there are more interesting trials in the LA-OC area that #24 could be assigned to instead.