Stephen Laine

by (@hallekiefer)

Vanessa Bryant’s Stepdad Butts Into Kobe Divorce Drama

Parenthood is such a precious gift; it lets you pass on all those important life lessons to your children. Lessons like, how not to act when your stepdaughter is going through a messy public divorce. According to TMZ, Vanessa Bryant‘s ex-stepdad is now talking ish about her to the press, claiming she’s a gold digger…just like her mom. “Her mother taught her well to wait for the ten-year mark [before divorcing],” Stephen Laine said. “In California … it’s considered a long term marriage and then she gets paid for life or until she remarries … just like her mother is doing to me.” Hmmm, did Vanessa’s mom also teach her daughter how to leave an alleged serial cheater? If so, we’d say she’s basically earned an honorary Masters in Education.

Laine was married to Vanessa’s mother from 1990 to 2003 and helped raise Kobe Bryant‘s wife into adulthood, though of course 13 years of loving fatherhood is no guarantee he will not continue to act the fool in the media. “I have to pay her mom $1,800 every month and clearly they don’t need it,” Laine gripes. All we have to say is: we’re only five days into Kobe Bryant’s divorce and ex-stepparents are already getting involved? Mama said there’d be days like this. She didn’t mention they would be caused by infidelity and nutball ex-relatives, but we guess it was implied.

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