Kobe Bryant, long-time Los Angeles Laker and future Hall-of-Famer, is in a bitter feud with his own mother over ownership of memorabilia potentially worth more than one million dollars. He’s locked in a he-said, she-said dispute about whether he gave the items to his mother or not.
Kobe’s mother, Pamela Bryant, signed a Consignment Agreement with Goldin Auctions, in New Jersey. In doing so, Pamela gave permission to sell more than 100 items from Kobe’s childhood, including his high school game-worn uniforms, NBA championship rings, and high school Varsity letters. Goldin Auctions, a noted sports memorabilia auctioneer, advanced $450,000 to Pamela, which she used to purchase a house.
The big problem, of course, is that Kobe Bryant says he never gave the items to his mother and that he certainly never authorized the auction. He sued the auction house in California to stop the sale, just days after the auction house sued him in New Jersey to permit the auction to go forward.
While Kobe is not suing his mother, and she has not sued him, the heart of the lawsuit boils down to a simple point — did Kobe give the items to his mother or not? She signed a statement under oath, testifying to the fact that he said she could have the items years ago and that he no longer wanted them.