Until he is convicted the accusation is of the same practical importance as me calling my boss a murderer without basis. Just because someone makes an allegation doesn't mean it is true. The me-too movement (towards the tail-end of which turned into a witch-hunt) has seen thousands of false or baseless accusations. I read somewhere that 7% of sexual assault allegations result in an acquittal or the removal of charges whereas, 3% of allegations result in a conviction. Therefore 93% of alleged rapists/commitors of sexual assault are in fact "innocent until proven guilty". Same with this guy.
If you read the evidence, it is conflicting as one witness says this and another said this. Plus, there was never any proof suggesting there was rape aside from maybe her blood on his shirt. It seemed like that it might have been rough sex, but not rape. Just not enough evidence for him to be guilty and the evidence is not consistent
The allegations against Kobe Bryant were just that - allegations. Last time I looked someone is innocent until proven guilty. If mere allegations were enough to prevent days of honor, employment or any other good favor, no one would be free. Let Kobe have his day. He has earned it.
Regardless of what Kobe Bryant did in his career, it should not be forgotten what he has done. To honor a person that has committed such acts is another slap in the face to the victims of his perversion. Los Angeles should not hold him up and honor him, this would truly minimize the severity of his actions in the eyes of the community and young people watching the charade.
Although not convicted of rape in his criminal trial, Kobe Bryant did settle the civil case against him for that same rape. If assaults against women are excused in pro sports, how can we expect assaults against women do stop among the general public. Kobe Bryant's athletic talents do not excuse him from obligations as a role model to America's children.
Although charges were dropped, Kobe Bryant's apology and subsequent financial settlement with the woman who accused him of rape, cast doubts as to his innocence. He also lied to the police when he initially denied any sexual encounter with the woman. Despite his brilliant career, his behavior sets a bad example to youngsters and Los Angeles should not be seen to condone this by celebrating him.