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Kobe Bryant calmed surly crowd at L.A. book-signing event

Kobe Bryant showcased some of his Mamba Mentality, as it were, while restoring order at book signing in Los Angeles this week after an oversized crowd became surly.

The scene played out on Tuesday at a Barnes & Noble at The Grove shopping center, TMZ Sports reports. The plan was to allow 500 fans into the store where Bryant was signing copies of his heavily anticipated book, “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play.”

However, a mistake was made when an additional 300 people gained entry to the store about 30 minutes before the book signing was set to end. Those still waiting on Bryant started to become as the event came to a close. The crowd evidently became so unsettled that police responded to the situation.

That’s when Kobe sprang into action.

A witness told TMZ Sports that Bryant calmed the crowd by grabbing the microphone, thanking those still in attendance and assuring them he would accommodate those who were erroneously let into the store.

The report states Bryant made good on his promise after the crowd settled down and police left without incident.


“The Mamba Mentality is Bryant’s first work of nonfiction. Per a press release, writing it stemmed from his desire “to share his vast knowledge and understanding of the game to take readers on an unprecedented journey to the core of the legendary ‘Mamba Mentality,’” a nod to his Black Mamba moniker, per a press release, which also cites Bryant’s obligation to “teach young players, hardcore fans, and devoted students of the game how to approach it.”

Perhaps lessons in crowd control can be gleaned by Bryant’s Black Mamba approach as well.