Kobe Bryant Takes Mom to Court over Memorabilia
'Family' is supposed to be the tie that binds, but not in the case of Kobe Bryant and his mother, Pamela.
Pamela Bryant is about to sell off hundreds of his memorabilia to an auction house in New Jersey, and Kobe is not thrilled about it at all. It seems as if the dispute is over Mrs Bryant's desire to buy a home in Las Vegas for $450,000 and her son offering only $250,000 for it.
That apparently wasn't enough for her, so she has decided to sell off more of his personal items such as rings, jerseys, and trophies.
Some say the estimated worth of all of this could be as high as $1.5million. Mrs Bryant already has received an advance from the auction house, but Kobe says those items are not hers to sell. She says they are, since she has them in her possession and has been paying $1,500 a month to store them.
Kobe is not exactly close to his parents. When he decided to get married at an early age to his wife Vanessa, his parents didn't support the idea and fought hard against it.
To this day, you'd be hard pressed to find any pics of Vanessa and Pamela Bryant having tea together in LA.
So, it shouldn't come as a surprise that Bryant and his parents have yet to reconciled their differences.
According to reports, Kobe has already had his attorney send a cease-and-desist letter, advising the auction house to call off the sale and return the items to him, but to this point, the auction house has refused. They claim they have already paid up front for the items and the advertising.
It may be hard to feel sorry for a guy who is a multi-millionaire, but you have to feel for a guy who apparently has taken care of his parents over the years, and yet it still isn't enough to please them.