by Brendan Dunne

Skip Bayless thinks that fateful night in Eagle, Colorado helped Kobe Bryant sell sneakers.

On ESPN's First Take, the host suggested that Kobe "failed in his first sneaker deal because he was just too clean-cut".  Bayless goes on to reason that after the sexual assault allegations Kobe faced in 2003, he was a slightly more interesting character in the public sphere with more "sizzle". The look on Stephen A. Smith's face in the following clip pretty much says all that needs to be said about this latest bizarre Bayless moment. Is there any truth in his statement, or was Kobe's switch to Nike from adidas more responsible for his sneaker-sales jump?