Kobe Bryant and his mom are at odds once again.
Kobe has taken legal action against his mother and a New Jersey auction house, who have teamed up in hopes of selling 42 items of memorabilia from his high school and professional basketball days – items that he states his mother does not have legal rights to sell.
Kobe hoped to squash the auction before it began by sending a cease-and-desist to the auctioneer, but it was quickly met with a lawsuit that has now made it’s way onto the internet.
“According to the lawsuit, Pamela Bryant had been storing some of her son’s memorabilia for at least 15 years – his high school uniform shorts and jerseys date back to 1994 and there’s even a Sonny Hill League Future Stars Champion trophy from 1992, when he was still in middle school.
Seven or eight years ago, well after Kobe had gotten married, Pamela Bryant asked her son’s wife, Vanessa, if she wanted the items. She said no – those items belonged to the past, according to the suit.
And so, five years ago, the lawsuit says, Pamela Bryant packed up the jerseys, the championship rings, and award plaques, spending $1,500 a month to store and insure them in West Berlin.
“Pamela Bryant indicated to Ken Goldin that Kobe Bryant has never demanded the return of any of the items, nor were they in any way taken from [him] without his permission,” the suit says.”
So far, Pamela has received $450,000 as a consigning fee and used the fat check to buy herself a house.
What do you think, does Kobe’s mother have a right to sell his memorabilia or is this just a case of sour grapes?