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.

By Jonathan Berr Jun 10, 2013 1:29PM
A collection of Kobe Bryant's memorabilia at Goldin Auctions (© Goldin Auctions)National Basketball Association superstar Kobe Bryant didn't score a slam dunk in his legal battle over his memorabilia, but he came awfully close.

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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Jun 10, 2013 6:11PM

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.





Jun 11, 2013 11:18AM
Apparently there was a misunderstanding on who ended up owning the merchandise and the settled it. Kobe need the stuff to buy off his wife if she books again. 
Jun 10, 2013 8:03PM

 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. 

Jun 10, 2013 3:27PM
After training him in the basics for life and to achieve success, which is not taught in any institution of higher learning, except the home, this seems to be his best "thank you reward." It seems he has been doing his parents a favor by helping them. If he gave them the house they live in, it does not give him the right to use it as a storage center. What a way to cut off the source of his blessings. I hope he reflects on this and asks them for forgiveness, before it is too late.
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