Nik Richie, the editor of TheDirty.com, is conflicted. He's a big Lakers fan. But he's also slowly reporting a story about an alleged affair between the Wynnewood-raised Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and an 18-year-old former Lakers cheerleader named Vanessa Curry.The married-Bryant's wife is also named Vanessa. His lawyer Adam Streisand, cousin of Barbra Streisand, demanded that the site remove a post that vaguely detailed an inappropriate relationship between Curry and Bryant. The site has not taken down the posts, has made several more since and stands by its story.
In an interview last week, Richie, who lives in Arizona, says that he's "not an investigative reporter, I can barely spell," but hopes someone else will report the full story. Richie says that just after he asked the Lakers about Curry and Bryant, Curry was let go as a cheerleader, and any info relating to her was removed from the Lakers Web site. The team says that she resigned. TheDirty, which Richie says gets about 500,000 visits from 50,000 to 60,000 users per day, has also made waves for posting a photo from hardcore porn site bangbros.com with Terrell Owens in the background, and before that for photos of Cardinals QB Matt Leinart appearing to be drinking with underage girls at a party at his house.