Kobe back in court. This time vs his... mom?
Kobe Bryant, mom in court battle
Updated: May 3, 2013, 12:08 PM ET
CAMDEN, N.J. -- Kobe Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementos from his high school days in Pennsylvania and his early years with the Los Angeles Lakers.
A New Jersey auction house filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Camden on Thursday for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star's lawyers wrote the firm telling it to cancel a planned June auction.
The disagreement is a high-value, high-profile version of a question many families face: Can Mom get rid of the stuff a grown child left at home?
In this case, the 900 mementos happen to be worth upward of $1.5 million.
Among the first 100 or so items Pamela Bryant intends to sell: the NBA star's jerseys, practice gear and sweatsuits from Lower Merion High School; varsity letters; a trophy for being the outstanding player at the 1995 Adidas ABCD basketball camp; and a signed basketball from the 2000 NBA championship game.
And then there are rings, for the 1996 Pennsylvania high school championship, a pair that the Lakers made for Bryant's parents for the 2000 NBA championship and one from the 1998 NBA All-Star game.
According to court filings, Pamela Bryant struck a deal in January with Goldin Auctions in Berlin, N.J., which earlier this year sold a rare Honus Wagner baseball card for a record $2.1 million.
She got $450,000 up front, which she intended to use for a new home in Nevada.
In its court filings, Goldin says Pamela Bryant told the auction house that she asked her son five years ago what he wanted to do with the items that were in her home.
"Kobe Bryant indicated to Pamela Bryant that the items belonged to her and that he had no interest in them," the auction house's attorneys wrote. So she put them in a $1,500-per-month New Jersey storage unit.
The challenge came Tuesday when Goldin sent a news release announcing the auction. By day's end, Kobe Bryant's lawyer had sent a cease-and-desist letter telling the auction house to call off the sale and return the items to him.
Kenneth Goldin, owner of the auction house, says he can't cancel the auction because he's already advanced $450,000 to Bryant's mother and put money into advertising the auction.
Kobe Bryant's lawyer Mark Campbell said in a statement, "Mr. Bryant's personal property has ended up in the possession of someone who does not lawfully own it. We look forward to resolving this legal matter through the legal system."
Bryant has had a sometimes icy relationship with his mother and father, Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, a former pro basketball player who is now coaching in Thailand.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
Damn Kobe...just break ur mom off 2 mill of that 30 mill u make annually. He must not get along with his parents at all.
I have never really followed anything involving Kobe and his folks other then them not talking after he got married at 21 since they didn't approve. Other then that, I've never heard anything good or bad. But damn, if they can't hash out a couple mill worth of merchandise that may or may not be important to Kobe, then you know there are issues. I mean she needs 450k to put down on a house? You would think kobes mom should have 450k clinging to her ass cheek every time she got up off the couch. Whether he ain't taking care of her or she is using him. Gotta be sorry to have money come between u and ur parents.
Yea... There has to be some huge problems between them.
Kobe can buy his wife back with a $4 MILLION dollar ring, but he can't break the woman who brought him into this world off 450K?
In all honesty-kinda a lame move by his mom. That stuff belongs In the hall of fame
You mean a lame move by Kobe. Ma should never need money.
I totally misread the subject line and thought I was going to see a video of a hobbled Kobe Bryant playing one on one against his mother. I'm disappointed!
why would his mom auction off his sh*t??? that's his stuff
damn kobe really is a lone wolf. he has icy relationship with his parents and his wife? i know they decided to stay together instead of divroce but still
There's more to this, there has to be. If I were making 70m+ (w/endorsements) a year, there's no way my mom would ever need anything. Drop of a hat and I'd put 2mil in her account if I had Kobe's money.
I think there's more to this that is being left out