Kobe battling mom for memorabilia
Kobe Bryant has been dealing with a lot lately, including having to sit out the playoffs with a torn achilles only to watch his team get swept by the Spurs in the first round.
Hoopsvibe’s quick call: Now he’s in a court battle with his own mother.
It’s been reported by numerous sources that Kobe Bryant is currently in a fairly hostile court battle with his mother, Pamela Bryant, who was trying to auction off numerous pieces of Kobe memorabilia for a profit. And mother’s day is just around the corner…(next weekend for those who forgot)…
According to the reports, Pamela struck a deal with New Jersey auction house, Goldin Auctions, in January, to sell off roughly 900 different items worth an estimated $1,500,000. She got $450,000 upfront to make the deal, which she is intending to use towards the purchase of a new home.
Well not so fast. Because according to Kobe’s team, the belongings aren’t hers to sell. Kobe’s camp issued the following 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. There will be no further comment at this time.”
Pamela is claiming that she’s been holding on the the swag for years, even paying $1500 a month keep everything in storage. (Money she’s apparently sick of paying). Furthermore, Kobe’s mom attests that she asked Kobe years ago what he wanted to do with the stuff and according to the auction house’s attorneys, “Kobe Bryant indicated to Pamela Bryant that the items belonged to her and that he had no interest in them.”
The auction house filed a lawsuit in New Jersey on Thursday after Kobe’s lawyers sent cease and desist letters to cancel the auction. Ken Goldin, owner of the Goldin Auctions, says he can’t cancel the auction (scheduled for this June) because he’s already advertised for it and paid a 450k upfront fee to Pamela.
Some of the items that are supposed to go to auction include NBA All-Star jerseys, apparel from Kobe’s high school career in Lower Marion, trophies, a signed basketball from the 2000 NBA Championship game, various rings, among other things. Pamela and the auction house would definitely be cashin’ out.
Stay tuned for the verdict…
Hoopsvibe’s gotta ask … whose the Mom-ba now???