« BACK TO TMZ TMZ

Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Kobe Bryant

NBA Star and Mom

In Bitter Legal Battle

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

0503_kobe_pam_bryant_tmz_getty
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.

0413_kobe_bryant_footer

For more sports stories, check out tmzsports.com!
198 COMMENTS

No Avatar
91.

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.

449 days ago
92.

l morris    

I HAVE NOT LIKED KOBE IN A LONG TIME , I REMEMBER BACK IN THE LATE 90 s before HE GOT MARRIED HIS PARENTS TOLD HIM TO GET A PRENUP, AND HE GOT MAD AT THEM, THEY WENT BACK EAST TO LIVE, HE GOT MARRIED AND BOUGHT HIS MOTHER IN LAW A HOUSE ACROSS THE STREET FROM HIM , BUT NEVER THE MOTHER WHO RAISED HIM. HIS WIFE FAMILY BENEFIT FROM HIS MARRIAGE, BUT NEVER HIS MOM , SAME THING AS O J , HE GAVE HIS WIFE FAMILY BUISNESS. BUT HIS MOM DIED WITH OUT A HOUSE IN HER NAME , O J KEPT IT IN HIS NAME AND LOST IT. THESE BLK STARS HATE THEIR OWN BLK FAMILY, AND TRY TO BUY LOVE FROM THE LIGHTER PEOPLE, I HAVE NEVER LIKE THE WAY KOBE HAVE TREATED HIS PARENTS, THEY SHOULD NOT HAVE TO SELL OLD THINGS TO BUY A HOUSE, WHEN HE SIGN 3 HOUSES OVER TO HIS WIFE. I RESPECT THE BLK RAPPERS AND OTHER STARS, WHO SOON AS THEY ARE SUCESSSFUL BUY THEIR MOM A HOUSE.

449 days ago
93.

Celtics    

Whatever his relationship with his mother is like, he should ALWAYS take care of her! and she has the absolute right to sell his stuff! shame on u KOBE!

449 days ago
94.

ronny    

feel sorry for kobe he made a mistake,shes a gold innger

449 days ago
95.

meggie    

How Can she be a gold digger? She's his MOM! he's ridiculous. This should be handled between the two of them. Time to grow up Kobe and think about someone other than yourself.

449 days ago
96.

Spark    

What a horrible mother she is! What mother would sell her child's precious memorabilia? Kobe Bryant's mom is a bad person! Get rid of her Kobe& never talk to her again!

449 days ago
97.

lisa    

Crazy a$$ people siding with the mom... did she earn those things? Did she play and we missed it? Some of you call him greedy, I mean really? Think about that. .. SHE'S SELLING HIS THINGS TO MAKE A QUICK BUCK! Her sons things! Why in the hell. Should that ring be declared hers?! Y'all are smoking some good stuff lol

449 days ago
98.

TheBestHeEverHad    

So he can buy his mothee-in-law a house, but junk that's been accumulating in his moms house for 12+ years he doesn't want her to sell for profit. Kobe this is why people hate you.

449 days ago
99.

J. Graham    

It really isn't Kobe's responsibility to take care of his Mom financially. That is the responsibility of her husband. There probably are issues between Kobe and his Mom. She could have asked Kobe before she sold HIS STUFF!!

448 days ago
100.

gdonl    

A lot of people may dislike Kobe, but what gives his mother the right to sell what he has earned? Was their a signed contract between the two, if not, it could be based on heresay & that wouldn't hold up in anybodys court. I'm quite sure she is living a good life, which wouldn't have been afforded to her, if it wasn't for Kobe's fame & fortune.

448 days ago
101.

TEAM LAMMY    

She's trippin for selling gear. Unless Kobe gave permission or she explained what she was doing before she did it

448 days ago
102.

Dick Ross    

Kobe HAS GIVEN his mother plenty of money. She is married to a Ball Player. So he can TAKE CARE of her. It is not Kobe's job. And she is WRONG for selling items HE EARNED. She has broken the law.

448 days ago
103.

72183    

Ok. For all you saying it is not Kobe's responsibility of taking care of his mom, then why is it Kobe's responsibility of taking care of his Wife's mother??? Sometimes you just need to put your pride aside and try and build a healthier relationship with the very people that birthed you. The mother could be resentful that Kobe's wife side of the family is being taken care off better than they are. The hostility stemmed from their past when his parents didnt approve of the marriage due to the fact that he was still young and he should have signed the prenup! The common denominator here is Vanessa but she seems not to be bothered at all cause she and her side of the family are set for life! So don't blame the mother for selling them! You don't know the story behind them! If he really wanted them he would have asked them from her long time ago!

448 days ago
104.

supermom    

I'm sure he has taken care of his parents. Mom's probably greedy or has mishandled the money and is now broke. How in the hell could she sell her kid's stuff...lame!

448 days ago
105.

dawhite43@gmail.com    

kobe is a bad seed, should have been cut off at birth! he is the devil child every thing he do is evil!

443 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web