Sport scion Brody Jenner is in hot water today after reports surfaced that he briefly dated childhood friend Nicole Richie in an effort to increase his fame level from "mildly retarded" to "mild".

Now his mom, Linda Thompson, is fighting back, telling People that Brody can get his pick of the female litter, so to speak.

"He has always been fond of [Nicole]. He dated her because he really likes her. He doesn't have to date anyone for any other reason than he really likes them."

We can think of one other reason: the other person really likes him.

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