Kobe Bryant won't be charged

Updated: February 7, 2012, 8:48 PM ET
ESPNLosAngeles.com

Kobe Bryant won't face charges following an alleged incident in August at a San Diego church, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

San Diego prosecutors reviewed allegations by a man claiming that the Los Angeles Lakers star injured him in a scuffle at a Carmel Valley church.

Police said at the time that Bryant apparently thought the man was taking his picture with a cell phone during a Sunday service and took the phone from him. The man went to a hospital for treatment of an injured wrist.

"As prosecutors we cannot ethically file a criminal case when we lack sufficient evidence to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt," said a spokeswoman for city attorney Jan Goldsmith, according to the Times. "Based upon our extensive investigation and interview of independent witnesses, we've concluded that charges cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt."

After the incident, Bryant denied the allegations.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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