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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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46.

zombie    

Greedy old bag. He earned the money and is free to give it to whoever he likes. I am sure his parents have more than benefited from his success. The memorabilia is not hers to sell. If it is his stuff give it back. Furthermore, the old bag should be happy with ANY free home that is thrown her way, regardless of price. If he chooses to treat his mother in law better maybe it is because he likes her better. Whatever his reasons, he can do whatever he wants with his money. He earned it.End of story.

474 days ago
47.

thisiswhatihavetosay    

yeah well when ya make a big mi$take like Kobe has you gotta pay for it for life

474 days ago
48.

baby    

kobe can give all that money to hoes but doesnt help out his own mother????

474 days ago
49.

South Beach    

I can't imagine selling my kids belongings for self profit. What a piece of work.

FYI, no feud here. He has the $$, she doesn't. How about not even a middle class home for you Mommy Dearest?

474 days ago
50.

Softness1    

Sh*tting on his mom. U give up all those yrs driving to & from practices, camps & games. Hours of ur damn life. Encouraging them, making them into that star & u sit & watch him provide for the MIL who was had no hand in developing ur skills. He left that sh!t with them for over 16 yrs. he didn't want it. When u move u take ur sh!t or risk losing it

474 days ago
51.

Mstaralady    

What is sad is that this is his mom and he will always have more things. I am willing to bet that most of these things were left at her home for many many years. Now that she is cleaning house and getting ready to move he is feeling sentimental over items he hasn't used, seen, and touched for years. Yes it would have been nice of her too ask but we all know most mothers don't black or white rich or poor. He should be ashamed.

474 days ago
52.

_][ Character_Assassin ][_    

Kobe's the gravy train. You take Kobe away from them their gravy is over... lmao. She's going to be too snotty for Vegas. Besides, they might blow the money he gave them on the tables.

474 days ago
53.

ChildOfXX    

Awww. Kobe's parents NEED another house. I mean $900,000? Who could live in a place that ridiculously cheap? How dare he not give his parents exactly what they want when they want it? The only obvious solution would be to auction their sons belongings so they could get that second, third, or whatever house. That just screams unconditional love.

474 days ago
54.

zombie    

The more money you have and give, the more people take and expect.

474 days ago
55.

zombie    

Maybe if she sold that rockin' headband she could afford a nicer home.

474 days ago
56.

jarrollin    

Where's Richard Dawson when you need him?

474 days ago
57.

Cecilia     

He's not obligated to give them a penny of the money he earned on his own, or account for how he choses to spend it on others. Maybe if they got jobs, they wouldn't have time to be in his business so much and would mind their own.

474 days ago
58.

janet    

His talent, his money. They have gotten a ton over the years. Greedy.

474 days ago
59.

Biebsburbs    

The fact that his parents didnt even attend his wedding cos of the lack of a prenup says it all: he's so sucked into Vanessa vjj he won't budge, his mom can only accept that and not denying, by accepting and welcoming the in laws she would get just as much, but her integrity tells her otherwise! She won't sell her soul to money grabbing in laws!!!!!! Kobe should compromise already how can he keeps his own mom out of the league? She might hv mismanage her money also so the feud will just go on forever!!!

474 days ago
60.

DW1982    

Kobe Bryant is a really, really dumb person. Set up your parents the way you set up your greedy wife and her greedy mother. You MORON!

474 days ago
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