Kobe Bryant to mom: You can't sell my stuff
At issue is an estimated $1.5 million worth of the NBA superstar's earlier belongings. Who owns them now?
The family spat is about 900 items worth about $1.5 million that she wants to sell through an auction. Included are high school basketball jerseys worn by the NBA Hall of Famer and two championship rings he gave his parents, according to the Los Angeles Times.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, Pamela Bryant claims her son left the items in her suburban Philadelphia home. He counters that he never authorized his mother to sell his belongings.
Kobe Bryant's lawyers sent Goldin Auctions in Berlin, N.J., which plans to sell the Bryant stuff, a cease-and-desist letter after the auction house announced the sale. Now Goldin has filed suit in federal court asking Kobe Bryant why its auction shouldn't go ahead as scheduled.
"I confronted her about her false statement that I had given my memorabilia to her," Kobe Bryant is quoted by the Inquirer as saying in his response to Goldin's suit. He said Pamela Bryant countered: "Yes, but you never said you wanted it either."
According to the paper, Bryant claims that isn't true and that he and his wife, Vanessa, had requested several years earlier that his mother send him his memorabilia. Pamela Bryant had been paying $1,500 a month to store and insure her son's memorabilia. She had received a pre-auction consigning fee of $450,000 and used the money to buy a house, the Inquirer says.
Earlier this year, Bryant, who was drafted to the pros right out of high school, passed the late Wilt Chamberlain to become the fourth-leading scorer in NBA history.
Jonathan Berr expected better of the Philadelphia 76ers this year. Follow him on Twitter @jdberr.
"Kobe had requested several years earlier that his mother send him his memorabilia"
You mean you couldn't just hire someone to go pick it up for you?
You couldn't pay most moms to part with their childs High School memorabilia. I can't believe she would even try to sell it. Sounds to me like mom is greedy/self entitled. I remember reading articles about and by the two of them when he was first drafted. He took good care of his mother. Who knows what she did with it all. Probably living well beyond her means. It is not his responsibility to support her for life. She gave him life and raised him to adulthood as was her duty. This is no different that an adult expecting their parent to support them for life because they are there son/daughter. BTW. I am a mother of 3 and could careless about sports. I just see two different sides to this story.
meanwhile, after a number of years mom-dad should be free to clear stuff OUT! my god, if some stuff has been hanging around since high school? it's been abandoned! Kobe just wants the cash to himself!
The issue is the mother selling Kobe's memorabilia without his authorization. Pretty selfish and disrespectful on her part especially if Kobe had requested that it be sent to him. Kobe has no obligation to support his parents only to treat them with love and respect. Seems by her own statements that the mother is in the wrong.
Just another rich boy crying foul. I knew after you cheated on your wife you would show your true colors again KOBE. Don't you have enough money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guess money and fame truly doesn't buy you happiness........
RETIRE DUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOUR A JOKE
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