Kobe Bryant in legal battle with his mom
Kobe Bryant is in a legal battle with his mom Pamela Bryant. The NBA All-star is battling to keep his mom from auctioning off his high school basketball memorabilia. Memorabilia that includes a 2000 All Star game signed ball, game and practice jerseys from his days at Lower Merion High School, a Lakers jacket and shorts, trophies, his varsity high school letters and much more.
Kobe who five years ago gave his mom these possessions outright is now fighting to keep his mom from auctioning off the memorabilia. Memorabilia Kobe now claims he owns not his mom.
Also, according to court filings, Goldin Auctions has said that Pamela Bryant told them that she asked her son five years ago what he wanted to do with the items that were in her home.
According to a letter by the auction house’s attorneys Kobe’s response was: “Kobe Bryant indicated to Pamela Bryant that the items belonged to her and that he had no interest in them.”
After which Mrs. Bryant put the items in a $1,500-per-month New Jersey storage unit.
Kobe’s mom, Mrs. Pamela Bryant has since received an advance of $450,000 from auction house Goldin Auctions.
Mrs. Bryant is planning to use the money to purchase a new home. Kobe had offered his parents $250,000 for a new home but his parents declined asking for $450,000 to purchase a home in Nevada.
A judge has yet to rule in this case as Goldin Auctions has named Kobe as defendant and asks that Pamela Bryant be named the owner of the goods.
Kobe’s lawyer in a statement said: “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.”