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Kobe Bryant

NBA Star and Mom

In Bitter Legal Battle

5/3/2013 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Kobe Bryant
is in a tooth-and-nail fight with his mother over some priceless basketball memorabilia, including his 1998 All Star ring.

Seems Kobe's mom, Pamela Bryant, made a deal with Goldin Auctions to sell hoards of Kobe's bball swag, including a 2000 All Star game signed ball, game and practice jerseys from his days at Lower Merion High School, a Lakers jacket and shorts, trophies, his varsity high school letters and lots of other stuff.

According to a lawsuit ... obtained by TMZ ... the auction house gave Pamela a $450,000 advance, which she says will be used immediately to buy a new home.  According to the lawsuit, Pamela told the auction house Kobe gave her all the stuff outright 5 years ago.

But Kobe has beef, claiming he's the owner of the stuff and he's trying to block the auction. 

So a fearful Goldin Auctions has gone to court, naming Kobe as the defendant and asking a judge to declare Pamela the owner of the goods.

A judge has yet to rule.

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197 COMMENTS

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76.

Obvious justice    

Pamela can't claim Kobe's stuff . Poor Kobe , to have your own mother use your fame stuff to gain cash , that just crazy . There is no doubt Kobe will win this fight

538 days ago
77.

Laker    

She'd better have something signed by him, or she's out of luck. Sounds like a greedy Mom. Hope's she's a step mommy.

538 days ago
78.

Obvious justice    

Shame on Pamela . You suppose to be his mother his world his guidance in life his everything and she is a greedy cynical woman that prefers cash than the love of his son .

538 days ago
79.

Mixey    

Bet she won't be getting anything for mothers day

538 days ago
80.

Mixey    

Guess she won't be getting anything for mothers day

538 days ago
81.

Mee    

The POOR WOMAN looks like she is in desperation and NEEDS MONEY,
since Kobe has given ALL HIS MONEY, LIFE & SOUL to Vanessa and her MOM !
Even if the two women have never gotten along Kobe should have LOOKED AFTER HIS MOM !

538 days ago
82.

ceegii63    

now i dont feel abd for Kobes Achilles Injury

538 days ago
83.

T    

From the ESPN article that has more info on the situation:

For more news, notes and analysis of the Lakers, check out the Lakers Index. Blog

Sources close to Kobe Bryant confirmed to ESPNLosAngeles.com that before learning about the auction through news reports, the Lakers star has given his parents "millions of dollars in financial assistance" throughout his 17-year career.

Bryant's parents decided to sell his high school memorabilia without his consent in order to purchase an additional home, sources said. Bryant offered to buy a house for his parents, but they wanted a larger one.

538 days ago
84.

Timmy Boy    

If mom dont get that stuff, Vanessa will.

538 days ago
85.

nhutran    

Seriously, I rather have pig then a son like Kobe. What a dirt bag! Thank God for given me a girl.

538 days ago
86.

HillbillyHell    

Why Doesn't Kobe Buy Mama A House? Dude's A freakin' Millionaire.

538 days ago
87.

Darius    

Those things are Kobe's properties! Does the ring have the mother's name on it? Is the signed basketball has the mother's signature on it? Did the mother ever wore a jersey in her lifetime?
The auction house should be ashamed of themselves, conspiring with Kobe's mother to rob Kobe of his properties. If I were Kobe I'd sue both his mother and the auction house for conspiracy.

538 days ago
88.

Sheila    

Kobe is the owner of his things. Why does his mother think she has any rights to his bball memorabilia? As a mother, I would want to keep them because they are full of great memories. Why would she sell them? Money hogs?

538 days ago
89.

Tz500    

I can't believe how many of you idiots are siding with the mother. I don't care about Kobe's situation with Vanessa OR his mom. Those are priceless items that are rightfully his. Shame on the mother for even considering to sell that stuff, she has no dignity or class at all. Selling priceless items to make a quick buck when her son has definitely taken care of her over the years. Have you seen the jewelry she wears???

538 days ago
90.

sanene    

Sounds to me like a mean tempered, spiteful woman. I read from another source that Pamels owned a house but wanted another one in Vegal and hit Kobe up for the money. He offered her $250,000 and she wouldn't accept that so she is selling his memorabilia. These trophies and memorabilia are worth millions and will only become more valuable in the future.To literally throw them away because she is spiteful because doesn't get her way is evil. I would imagine that Kobe has provided her with a very comfortable lifestyle over all the years that he has been a star, and she apparently doesn't appreciate it. It reminds me of when the father of one of the Beach boys sold all his son's musical compositions for practically nothing because he was jealous of his son's success. And they there was MarvinGaye's father, who shot him dead. Parents come in all sizes, and not all are kind, nurturing and loving. Some are greedy, jealous, spiteful and evil Whatever the case, it's Kobe's business. After all, he earned the money.

538 days ago
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