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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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76.

4reallikecomon    

I always wondered why we never see Kobe's parents...only Vanessa and the kids...now we all know,thanks to TMZ , that the relationship between Vanessa and Kobe's parents and his sisters' is a strained one.....what a great family

501 days ago
77.

Wow ...    

The man does not owe his mother anything. If he wants to buy her something, fantastic. But he doesn't owe it to her. Shame on her for expecting it.

501 days ago
78.

Peeter Pahn    

HIS mama look like a gold digger..smh!!!!

501 days ago
79.

Onward    

Pretty sad when your own mother views you as nothing but a source of cash.

501 days ago
80.

Promisedland007    

I'm pretty sure Kobe has done a lot for his parents, maybe not as much as his wife. The bible states leave your mother and father and cleave to your wife. Its not really our business but I'm sure GREED by some or all parties involved has fueled this!

501 days ago
81.

Peeter Pahn    

Yeah who the hell turns down a free house???

501 days ago
82.

ZRGB    

Working at a nursing home as a recreation assistant doing room visits and seeing these comments makes me very sad about how parents are viewed in this country. You don't owe your parents anything? Lets see how you feel when your left to rot a a nursing home while your kids enjoy a life you help to pave. Then you'll be like the rest of the elderly people crying that they're lonely and that their kids haven't been to visit in months. That their kids hasn't visited in years. The most admirable person I know is the one who cares for their children and their parents and who never leaves them behind. You owe as much to your parents as your kids. His mother may be a gold digger but she funded his basketball programs, grew him up in a good area and raised him right. The least he could do is put her up in a home up to par with how he has his wife's parents living if that's what his mom wants. Someone said earlier that he didn't ask to be born so he doesn't owe his mother anything. I say that if he loves his life and is happy where he is, he does owe his mother. He was the one who chose to lavish things on people. In my opinion, if he were smarter with how he handled people with his money, his mother wouldn't be such a spoiled bitch. And my "greedy little paws" wouldn't have to be all over my kids money because I'd raise them to be a lot more frugal than Kobe was. For some people, the smaller things make us happy. For others, wandering the halls of big home with a frown on their face gives them the illusion of happiness. Maybe their just happy with illusions.

501 days ago
83.

Ginger    

ATM machine?

501 days ago
84.

WiddoMouse    

As I see it, this isn't about buying Mom a house. It's about who owns the memorabilia. Unless she has papers showing he gave these things to her, she has no right to sell them. If she's just storing them in her house, they are not hers to sell. Do I have this right?

501 days ago
85.

Tina A., Lakewood, CA    

How do you draw the line or give any line to your Mother when your wife's mother has all access. God has a good eye on you kobe, your day is coming and if his wife was anything she would have him do whatever his mother wants, I guess she to worried about that would be taking away from her and her mama piece of the pie. Kobe your a ass and I never liked you, hope you still out sleeping with everything and making vanessa look like a dunb ass, who stays for that, oh yeah, she's there for the money.

501 days ago
86.

V    

I think his mom should be able to keep anything that he received up until he turned 18. If it wasn't for his parents he wouldn't have gotten where he is today. However, the parents don't need to be greedy. If he does more for Vanessa and her family, let Karma do its thing.

501 days ago
87.

noel    

Selling your kids childhood items on auction is trifling. That's not what a good mother does. He's probably given his parents lots of money and they spent it all, and that's too bad. He doesn't owe them a thing. If my parents were nasty to my mate and criticized them, I wouldn't give them anything either.

501 days ago
88.

TigerLily    

You know if he had a prenup he would've gone through with a divorce a long time ago. It's cheaper to keep her and her mom than leave her. Now take care of your own mother that encouraged you and funded your sport physically and financially

501 days ago
89.

She's baaaack    

No wonder Kobe is pissed. That bitch named him after a type of beef.

501 days ago
90.

Waka Waka Waka    

Mo money Mo problems....

501 days ago
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