Mixed Messages

When basketball star Kobe Bryant gave his wife, Vanessa, a $4 million diamond ring after publicly admitting to infidelity, it was a great topic of conversation among friends and family of some JCK staffers. We must be happy to hear he bought such an impressive jewel, they said. From a commercial perspective, I'm happy anytime a piece of jewelry sells. And if studies reporting that one-fourth to one-third of American spouses have strayed are correct, and those folks—both male and female—also decide to buy jewelry as a guilt offering, we could see some serious commercial benefit. But what kind of message does Vanessa Bryant's 8-ct. ring convey? Does it say, "I'm so very sorry," or does it—considering the publicity surrounding the giving of it—imply that enough money can buy forgiveness? A billboard that once overlooked the Schuylkill Expressway in Philadelphia advertised a fl

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