It was an exemplary apology- and maybe that was the reporter’s point. At any rate, different rules apply to celebrities. Journalists are trained to be as ruthless as they want to be with them, and lawyers are taught, that unlike most normal people, with celebrities and politicians, this is perfectly okay. This is the price of fame, which has always been a double edge sword. And journalists are incentivized for moving quickly. The woman was doing her job. The back lash is unreal, and reflects poorly on Kobe’s fan base. They are clearly not on his level. He took the high road, always it seems. The fan base is frighteningly low class.