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?

By Jonathan Berr May 9, 2013 12:06PM
A collection of Kobe Bryant's memorabilia at Goldin Auctions (© Goldin Auctions)National Basketball Association superstar Kobe Bryant, whose Los Angeles Lakers were swept in the first round of the playoffs by the San Antonio Spurs, is in the midst of an equally embarrassing legal dispute over money and memorabilia with his mother, Pamela Bryant.

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.

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May 9, 2013 1:07PM
Good god what a cheap bastard.   Kobe should give his mom a million and a half out of petty cash and she should give him his junk back to store at the mansion.   What a f***in' loser.
May 9, 2013 1:01PM
KOBE RESPECT YOUR MOTHER. Kobe makes mega millions of dollars and lives like a King. Any decent son would be more than happy to help and please his mother. She raised you and got you started so quit being spoiled brat. Anybody that would take his mother to court for something as small as this does not deserve any respect himself.
May 9, 2013 1:23PM
All the more reason when you move out of Mom & Dad's place you take your things with you.  And on the flip side, parents should have enough respect for their children to ASK first, if it would be OK to sell, get rid of, etc., their child's belongings.  Let the grown child have opportunity to take what they want, and get permission to do "whatever" with the remainder.  Courtesy and Respect and clear written instructions.
May 9, 2013 2:36PM

"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?

May 9, 2013 12:25PM
Komee passed Wilt in pts this year but passed him in attempts 10 years ago.
May 9, 2013 3:51PM
Thanks Kobe for drawing the curtain on your character and level of maturity for all the world to see. About what I would expect from a high school athlete graduate with no college education and a lot of bucks. Arrogant, elitist, and condescending with no brainpower.
May 9, 2013 2:21PM

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.

May 9, 2013 4:16PM
"They smelled like Kobe and I had to get rid of them" said Pamela.
May 9, 2013 6:34PM

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! 

May 9, 2013 4:46PM
May 9, 2013 3:08PM
Kobe will never catch Wilt in one night stands with basketball groupies.  You da'man Wilt.
May 9, 2013 1:39PM

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.

May 9, 2013 9:31PM
I,I,I,I,I, just don't know what say...??  He's mean to his Momma ??
May 14, 2013 7:01PM

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

May 10, 2013 12:58PM
 Why did my comment get deleted?  It was only the truth   Does everyone always forget the past when certain people do nasty things
May 10, 2013 10:58AM
If you want it go get it. After years of storage and not paying anyone to take care of it for you the storage company has the right to auction it off. How many years has it been abandoned? You could have picked it up at one of the holiday visits years ago. Since he really did not show that much interest in it all these years and Mom wants to clear it out, she should be able to.
May 15, 2013 8:39AM
i agree with the keep it out of court and the auction block. Pay her for the1500.00 she paid each month to insure it, have someone go to get the articles with a few law witnesses and a video recorder, attorneys for each side and then sever the ties. to gather up someone else's  personal articles and go behind their back and sell them is not something a true mother, loved one does to anyone. the mother used the pre-auction up front cash for a home. I have learned this in life, do not count on anything or anybody, and don't sell your chicks before they hatch. She could be sued by both sides and probably should. it's about as bad as Michael Jackson's mother suing everyone in court because her cash cow died. What people do for greed should probably stand in line for confession. The line forms at the right and is currently 5000 miles long. Bring your lunch and a pillow.
May 9, 2013 9:48PM

The stuff belongs to kobe.  That's the fact!

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