Kobe Bryant is a bonafide star in the National Basketball Association and has been so for well over a decade.
The Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard was linked with a move to Italian Serie B side Bologna, but it turns out it was all just a load of baloney.
Well, not to play obviously, but the 36-year old was looking to be a part of a takeover of the team by a consortium if you were inclined to believe the Italian media outlet Gazzetta dello Sport.
Bryant lived in Italy until the age of 15 as his father played basketball in the country. Kobe developed a great affinity for Italian culture and it's greatest exponent, soccer. Bryant played the sport as a youngster but was always better at basketball as he admits.
With Bologna being taken over by a group of American's and Kobe's love of both Italy and Soccer you can see why Gazzetta made the link. According to reports, Bryant was asked to cough up just under half a million dollars to be a part of the deal.
Ahead of the World Cup, which Bryant attended, US national team head coach Jurgen Klinsmann was critical of Bryant's contract with the Lakers for some reason, calling it everything wrong with American sports. Bryant said he found the German's rant to be "pretty funny."
Kobe wouldn't be the first NBA star with a stake in a soccer club, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James currently owns a piece of Liverpool in the Barclays Premier League.