Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa have filed for divorce after more than 10 years of marriage.
The couple cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for ending their marriage.
Their spokesman said Bryant, 33, and Vanessa, 29, resolved all issues regarding the divorce privately and both filed petitions. Vanessa went first and the basketball superstar shortly thereafter.
“We ask that in the interest of our young children and in light of the upcoming holiday season, the public respect our privacy during this most difficult time,” Fox News quoted the couple as saying in a statement.
Bryant, who has helped lead the Los Angeles Lakers to five National Basketball Association championships, has been named a most valuable player.
He has also been the league’s top scorer and played on numerous all-star teams.
In 2003, he was accused of sexual assault by an employee at a Colorado hotel, tarnishing his reputation and leading to a media storm to cover his trial.
He denied the claims and charges eventually were dropped after the woman refused to testify.
Bryant and his wife were married in April 2001 and throughout the sex scandal she stayed with her husband.