1. The whole mess is done with 2. Depending on the amount they set, it might save Bryant some money compared to defense costs 3. Kobe will always be able to say he paid to dispose of it, and that will likely be how this is largely remembered...if the case proceeded, there's always a chance he could be found liable, and then he's really tarnished
ESPN Radio here in Los Angeles has been speculating (what else did you expect from sports radio??) on this settlement all day.
They had ESPN legal analyst Roger Kossak(sp?) on earlier & he says it's probably in Kobe's best interest to pay the girl to make this go away. In a civil trial, virtually nothing is off limits. The accuser's attorneys can dig up/bring up/ask him about anything they want. Of course that works against the accuser too, but Kobe has more to lose in that scenario than she does (In Roger's opinion).
KG's never been the type to drop 50 on somebody on one night. He's always been the type to get his in the flow of the game. That's why at the end of the game, you look up and he's got 25, 20 and 8. And no, he's not a power forward in the Tim Duncan mold....