Mother’s Day weekend is supposed to be about celebrating and showing appreciation for moms. Not for Kobe.The Lakers star Kobe Bryant has asked to halt his mother’s plans to sell memorabilia from his basketball career during high school and early Laker days. His lawyers advised Goldin Auctions to terminate the sale because Bryant claims to have never given his mother, Pamela, any permission.
Pamela Bryant received a $450,000 advance from Goldin to purchase a Nevada home. She claimed that Kobe told her that he no longer wanted the momentos. Goldin filed a lawsuit, demanding why the auction was being stopped.
Bryant denied that conversation happened through a filing with the U.S. District Court in New Jersey.
“I confronted her about her false statement that I had given my memorabilia to her. I said to her, ‘Mom, you know I never told you that you could have the memorabilia.’ Her response was, ‘Yes, but you never said you wanted it, either.’ Of course, this is untrue, since my wife and I requested that she return my memorabilia several years earlier.“
The 6-time NBA champion also indicated that the memorabilia holds sentimental value and plans to hand them down to his children.
Goldin’s website still indicates “The Bryant Collection” auction as upcoming.
The Bryants will have to wait until Monday to see what happens next.
- Kobe Bryant to Mom: Don’t Sell My Old Trophies! (people.com)
- Kobe Bryant: Mom didn’t have permission to sell my mementos (wjla.com)
- Kobe Bryant Sues — My Mom Stole My Memorabilia (tmz.com)