Kobe Bryant and parents resolve memorabilia fight
NBA superstar's mom and dad issue a public apology, and he's allowing them to auction a small number of his personal items.
The future NBA Hall of Famer had sued a New Jersey auction house that was attempting to sell items he had left in the suburban Philadelphia home of his parents, Joe and Pamela.
The two sides have reached a settlement before the case went to trial. The agreement will allow for the sale of six items, including two of Bryant's high school uniforms and two rings celebrating the 2000 Lakers championship team, according to ESPN. That's only about 10% of the items that had been set to be sold.
In an unusual twist, Joe and Pamela Bryant issued a public apology to their son -- via a publicist -- for any "misunderstanding and unintended pain" they had caused Kobe, and they noted their appreciation for the "financial support he has provided over the years."
They also made amends to Goldin Auctions for its "inadvertent involvement in this matter."
The half-dozen items are expected to fetch more than $500,000 at auction, which should begin to put a dent in some family bills.
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It's sad that parent would exploit their son for financial gain, particularly since he has shared with them financially over the years. They are the one who should seek his forgiveness.
Shame on the parents, he has children. What they will make on the sale will never be enough.They knew exactly what they were doing.
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