Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant had a better friendship than most partners… that was until Malone betrayed Kobe. The Black Mamba accused Malone for making a go at his wife amid a Lakers game, making “a few unseemly remarks”. “My wife wasn’t going to remain for it. She felt uncomfortable being around him to the point that she felt she needed to call his wife and advise her,” Kobe said. Malone denies having said anything provactive to Vanessa, yet the harm was at that point done and the fellowship reached an end.