The basketball legend was born and raised a Catholic, married a Catholic woman and raised his own children as Catholics. Kobe is certainly a hero on the court, but he fell victim to temptations of the flesh, committed adultery and was accused of rape. The rape charge was dropped, but his wife filed for divorce. The two eventually reconciled, and Bryant relied heavily on his faith during these difficult years. "The one thing that really helped me during that process—I’m Catholic, I grew up Catholic, my kids are Catholic—was talking to a priest." Bryant committed a serious sin, but was able to put his life back together by relying on his devout faith and the counseling of a wise priest.
Source: Christianity Today