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Kobe Bryant

Feud With Mom

Is Over MONEY

5/4/2013 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0503-kobe-bryant-pam-tmz-gettyWe now know why Kobe Bryant is at war with his mother ... at least from his perspective, and it has to do with money.

As we previously reported ... Kobe and mama Pamela Bryant are locked in a battle over memorabilia ... his old jerseys, varsity letters from high school, championship rings, trophies and a whole bunch of other stuff.

Pamela has taken all the stuff to an auction house, claiming he gave it all to her, and she got a $450,000 advance which she says she's using to buy a house in Nevada.  Kobe contacted the auction house and said they had no right to sell any of the items because they belong to him.

Sources connected with the Bryant family tell TMZ ... the dispute between mother and son erupted over real estate. We're told Kobe offered to buy his parents a "nice house" in Vegas for significantly less than a million bucks, but they wanted something bigger and more extravagant and Kobe drew a line in the sand and refused to up the ante.

Our sources say Pamela was infuriated and believed Kobe was shortchanging them, especially compared to what he does for Vanessa's mom, Sofia Laine.  Kobe put Sofia up in a $3.2 million house in Newport Beach, CA, which sold recently.  After the sale, Kobe moved Sofia to another multi-million dollar mansion nearby.

From Kobe's perspective, our sources say he's really upset because he believes he's stepped up for years, by giving his parents millions of dollars and buying them homes and cars.

This feud has been brewing for years ... dating back to when Kobe's parents went ballistic when he married Vanessa without a prenup.

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Kobe tweeted on Saturday morning, saying, "When u give Give GIVE and they take Take TAKE at wat point do u draw a line in the sand? #hurtbeyondmeasure #gavemenowarning #love?"


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cajunfan    

didn't kobe's father have a nice nba career, too? where's the money from that?

481 days ago
17.

realtalk    

kobe can take care of his wifes mexican relatives but can't do the same for the woman who gave birth to his a$$.

481 days ago
18.

LuckeeD    

Happy Mother's Day! See ya in court. What a son!

481 days ago
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CanuckGirl91    

I am so sick of parents who think they are entitled to their kids' money. Sure, his mom took him to basketball practice and cheered him on at games. THAT'S WHAT MOMS DO!!! You take care of your kids and encourage their talents because you love and support them. Not because you are expecting a financial return. His mom should have gotten Kobe's permission to sell these items and it was beyond stupid for her to look at a gift horse in the mouth. Kobe offered to buy his parents a house. They should have said "thank you" instead of "not good enough." Despite the fact that I think Kobe is a jerk, I think he is right on this one. He has earned his money and can spend it how he sees fit. He's under no obligation to financially provide for his parents. It's his choice to do so. If it were my mom, I'd buy her as many houses as she wants but I love my mom and I also know she would never ask me to buy her a house. If Kobe's mom thinks it's okay to tell her son that the house he offered to buy her is not good enough then I can easily see why they may not have a good relationship.

481 days ago
20.

Jacob    

FYI: being a parent doesn't necessarily make you a good person.


Sounds like Kobe has been more than generous to his mother over the years. Time for her to be happy with what she has.

481 days ago
21.

LiaPia    

Shady! I just don't get Kobe.

481 days ago
22.

justMe    

I get the feeling his parents are trying to get a reality TV show or just the mother wants to be on some Mothers of NBA show

481 days ago
23.

Jay-D    

Not too many people will look down on their kid for trying to buy them a million dollar house... Doesnt the father feel weird having his son pay for everything he does? Kobe has two mothers

481 days ago
24.

Truth    

CHEK OUT PICS OF THE RENTS... TOTALLY F*CKED OUT HIPPIES FROM THE 60's. YALL KNOW SOIME SH*T IS GOIN ON B4 THIS FIASCO. 2 MUCH COKE AND THE WEED. POINT BLANK! #TRUTH!!

481 days ago
25.

Susan62509    

Kobe's mom should hang out with Katherine Jackson so they can whine together and guilt their children into supporting them. Kobe is an adult who worked and trained to reach his success which is his privilege to gift anyone he wishes. His mother should be proud of her son's accomplishments and stop trying to compete with the material objects of others. Any mother that would auction their childs school memorabilia is a selfish heartless vamp. The title "Mother" isn't an entitlement. Shame on her.

481 days ago
26.

Curtis    

So sad

481 days ago
27.

Travis PM    

Oh no, no, no ,no! I left my 1989 Upper Deck, Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card in my parents basement! Wait, I'm still living in parents basement! Problem solved.

481 days ago
28.

NOT ELMO    

he married Vanessa without a prenup..........................IDIOT !

481 days ago
29.

carol    

Kobe should pay the mother for storage of his things but they belong to him. Mother sounds like she has a sense of entitlement which she actually doesn't. No kid is obligated to take care of a parent. If they want to fine, otherwise, parent take care of yourself without using the child's money. A parent's responsibility is to care for the kid, not the other way around.

481 days ago
30.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Poor Kobe is surrounded by family that wants his money. Do any of these people actually love him? Hopefully his daughters love him unconditionally, but with the mess they are surrounded in that's not a given.

481 days ago
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