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Kobe tells court his mother admitted she didn’t have permission to sell stuff

May 9, 2013, 9:55 AM EDT

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When you’re in court battling your mother, you know the relationship is strained.

As we told you before, Kobe Bryant’s mother Pamela hooked up with an auction house to sell off some of Kobe’s memorabilia she had — a Lower Merion High School game worn jersey, replica Lakers championship rings and more stuff Kobe’s mother had at her house.

Kobe then went to court to block the sale. The auction house is involved in the case as well, asserting its rights to sell.

In new filings with the court, Kobe’s attorneys say Pamela admitted to Kobe she did not have permission to sell the items, reports the Associated Press.

Pamela Bryant had gotten a $450,000 advance from the auction house, which she was going to use to help buy a new home.

Kobe has long had a strained relationship with his parents. Which is really the saddest part about that.

  1. skids003 - May 9, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    So he says she admitted to him she didn’t have permission. Who do we belive?

    • fanofevilempire - May 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      let it go Kobe, you only have one mom
      and this weekend is mothers day.


      • skids003 - May 9, 2013 at 12:24 PM

        Dude, I’m with you. How did we get all those thumbs down?

      • manchestermiracle - May 9, 2013 at 1:59 PM

        Glad your mom was cool, but they aren’t all saints.

      • skids003 - May 9, 2013 at 4:35 PM

        you’re right manchester. By the looks of that, more bad ones than good ones.

  2. kb2408 - May 9, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    In other words, “if you don’t give me the money for a new house I’m selling your $hit”!! Sad…

    • fanofevilempire - May 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

      tough crowd skids003, but I stand by what I typed.

      when you lose your mom you realize you lost that one person who always got ya back!

  3. vilelabyrinth - May 9, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    classy move, mom.

  4. manchestermiracle - May 9, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    Looks like the auction house needs to produce a legal document proving their position or they’re in trouble, regardless of the family spat.

  5. lakerluver - May 9, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    I’m sure over the course of Kobe’s career he has taken care of his parents financially. This seems like nothing more than a strong arm tactic to get even more money out of him. Just kinda sad that it’s being played out in the media.

  6. paulhargis53 - May 9, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    “kb2408” Everyone knows you’re lakerluver. GTFO OF THIS WEBSITE!! You lost the bet you made with me.

    Everyone who was a regular on lakers stories knows you made the bet. All a person needs to do is type in:

    Kobe, says shut up and let us work + probasketballtalk.

    Its all right there. You are an absolute terrible human being with no integrity.

    Signing off like this to honor my belt with malt….

  7. money2long - May 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    a lot of things in life motivate kobe to stay focused and live basketball. he is a master at channeling the trying times in his life into hard work in the field of basketball. that is why he has sustained success. he doesn’t let the bad times overcome him, he overcomes it. for instance, how many of yall thought him going through that rape trial and marred marriage would put a speed bump in his game on the court? nope, the man still dominated. get well soon

  8. hpeters77 - May 9, 2013 at 11:25 AM

    I know one mom is not going to get anything for Mother’s Day

    • badintent - May 10, 2013 at 2:36 AM

      Oh she’ll get something. A cease and decease order from the court

  9. thomaskouns - May 9, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    This is the same Kobe that once said in the media about Raja Bell “I guess he didn’t get enough love from his mother.”

    Guess he was talking about himself..

    • lakerluver - May 9, 2013 at 2:04 PM


  10. cowpiesnotcowboys - May 9, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    She shouldn’t have to be selling his stuff to get money. What kind of person makes a fortune and won’t gift his mother a house?

  11. hwatt - May 9, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Tens of millions of dollars and Kobe can’t give his mom 450k for a house? 450k to him should be like a pack of M&Ms to the rest of us. ‘Strained’ is an understatement

    • kb2408 - May 9, 2013 at 2:20 PM

      Anything to bash Kobe, huh? If you do some research you will find that he offered her 250,000 to help her purchase “another” home. Obviously, a quarter of a million dollars wasn’t enough for her. I don’t remember seeing Kobe’s mom in the gym shooting jumpers for hours. Nor have I seen her score one point for the LAKERS.

      • badintent - May 10, 2013 at 2:37 AM

        No, but she did stay at a Holiday Inn.

  12. benne8686 - May 9, 2013 at 1:31 PM

    He has bought her multiple houses already. His mom also didn’t approve of his marriage and they’ve barely talked for years.

  13. mogogo1 - May 9, 2013 at 1:56 PM

    He’s going to regret not just buying the stuff directly from her or sending in a representative to buy it at the auction. His reputation is getting trashed over this. He should be smarter than that.

  14. fotydaze - May 9, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    Ok, so, your old teammates don’t like you… your current teammates don’t like you…your old coach slammed you in his book. your former teammate made you look like a fool in a freestyle rap, oh yeah and Chris Childs socked you in the face, your wife doesn’t like you, the city of Denver doesn’t like you…but dang now your mother doesn’t like you? Your mom man! It takes a lit to piss of your mom. Maybe time for a little self evaluation Kobe

  15. 13arod - May 9, 2013 at 3:00 PM

    why would kobe and his mom have a bad reltionship kobe is one of the niccest guys in the nba

  16. mogogo1 - May 9, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    His mom might be a witch and the greediest person on earth. But, Kobe also doesn’t get along with his dad, seems to have few friends, and absolutely nobody has ever gotten along with his wife. The common denominator seems to be Kobe and/or Vanessa.

  17. thenew013 - May 9, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    must plan on going broke after retirement. if he wanted the stuff it wouldnt be in his moms possession in the first place. oh its worth money now though so i will take tht off ya hands now ma…love ya though

  18. paulhargis53 - May 9, 2013 at 5:59 PM

    kb/lakerluver , thought I told you to get lost?
    This guy makes bets and welshes on them.
    What a loser you are lakerluver.

  19. frankyvito - May 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Some of y’all need to do some research before you just make uneducated comments. As already stated in the comments, he’s bought her multiple houses. Now she doesn’t think 250,000 is enough. Aren’t we the same ppl ridiculing athletes for going broke? The ‘strain’ started when they didn’t support his marriage so young. Instead of asking how’s he gonna feel when she’s gone, maybe we should be asking how much of her grandkids lives she’s missed out on cause of her stubbornness?

  20. bbk1000 - May 9, 2013 at 6:21 PM

    It’s probably been said a thousand times….I moved out from my parents house, I left some things…she asked repeatedly if I wanted them, I said yes over and over, but never picked them up.

    She eventually tossed them in the trash….it never me and I loved her until she passed away….

    Not a fan of Kobe…

  21. mazblast - May 9, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    When you abandon property for long enough, it becomes the property of the person in possession. Look up the legal phrase “adverse possession”. It’s been in her possession since his high school days, he didn’t claim it despite knowing where it is, it’s not his stuff anymore.

    I’m not saying she’s right to sell it, only that it appears that she’s legally in the clear.

    • badintent - May 10, 2013 at 2:42 AM

      Ah NO. This is not squatter’s right. Back to Habeus corpus and Melvin Beli on Gimme Shelter for you

  22. MyNameIsWilliamBillForShort - May 9, 2013 at 10:59 PM

    Sometimes, a person can be right, but stupid. This is one of those times for Kobe. It’s not like this is some crazed blackmailer or something. It’s not like somebody is making him pay illegally for something. No, in this case, if the facts are that Kobe left that stuff in the possession of his mother, then as the poster above writes, the court could find for his mother and let her sell it all. They could also find for Kobe.

    However, by simply writing a check for 1/100th of his net worth, Kobe could have bought all that stuff back himself, kept this nonsense out of the news, and filled up a few of the 30+ rooms of his mansion with all his old memorabilia.

    Instead, he decides to make a bunch of lawyers on both sides richer, further hurt his relationship with his mother, and basically look like a dirtbag, no matter what the court decides.

    Do the SMART and DEFINITELY RIGHT thing Kobe. Settle this out of court and out of the public. Have a press conference and give your mom a big hug and kiss. Then, if you want, never speak to her again.

  23. paulhargis53 - May 10, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    kb2408=lakerluver. Can’t force you to leave, but it certainly is nice of you to prove to everyone that everything I said about you is true.

    Guy loses a bet and doesn’t adhere to the terms- biggest loser on this website.

    You’re even more of a laughingstock then you were before, what a freaking weasel.

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