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Judge temporarily halts mother’s sale of Kobe memorabilia

May 10, 2013, 10:49 AM EDT

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Round one goes to Kobe Bryant.

Kobe Bryant’s mother Pamela wanted to put a bunch of memorabilia Kobe left at her house — a Lower Merion game worn high school jersey, a replica 2000 Lakers championship ring he gave her and more — up for auction. Not for charity, she wanted to money to put down on a house.

Kobe took her to court to stop the sale of his stuff (as he saw it). Why court? Because that’s the kind of relationship Kobe and his mother have now.

A judge has put a temporary restraining order on the sale until he could find out more, reports TMZ (because of course it was TMZ who got it first).

TMZ has learned a judge issued a temporary restraining order against Goldin Auctions, prohibiting them from selling Kobe’s jerseys, championship rings, trophies, and lots of other stuff until a full hearing can be held next Monday.

The legal question is essentially did he give her this stuff (as she claimed) or was she just holding it for him (like your mom is still probably is doing with a bunch of your stuff right now). The bigger question of why Kobe and his mother are at odds like this is one better left to a team of psychiatrists.

  1. andrewproughcfe - May 10, 2013 at 10:56 AM

    What can you say? The dude SERIOUSLY does not like to lose.

    I’m thinking even Michael Jordan would be impressed with this one.

    • saint1997 - May 11, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      Mamba VS Mom-ba, who will win in the battle of mom-orabilia

  2. money2long - May 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    forreal though, why was the stuff at his mom’s to begin with. that may be the most vital part of the dispute.

    • ambitoos - May 10, 2013 at 3:33 PM

      My son has all his High School football memorabilia in his old room but my wife would never sell it. He’s 24 but won’t leave my damned house.

      • badintent - May 11, 2013 at 12:47 AM

        Can you blame him ? He got tens of $$$$ thousands in college loans to pay back, a 20+ %unemployment rate for college grads(don’t tell Odrama that , his spin doctors keep lowering the rate to make him look good), and he only has to cut the lawn and paint the house instead of rent. Smart son.chip off the old block I’d say.

    • money2long - May 11, 2013 at 1:51 AM

      my question doesn’t mean it was wrong for it to be there. the question i posed means, if it was there with the understanding his mom was supposed to hold it down for kobe, or was it there because kobe’s mom was under the impression kobe wanted her to have it around the home, or someone kobe knew dropped it off at the house until kobe went to pick it up. many reasons as to why it was in the house, and word is kobe’s mom knows she didnt have permission to sell. but why was it in the house to begin with is the key question

  3. supremekingz - May 10, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    What’s the over/under on whether or not she receives a Mother’s Day Card?

  4. RayyLive - May 10, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Dear Momma! *Tupac Voice*

  5. lew24 - May 10, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    They are at odds because Kobe’s was in the process of buying her a house in Vegas. His mom thought the house was too small and Kobe refused to upgrade. His mom decided to sell his stuff. This has been reported in LA as the cause of this situation.

    • kb2408 - May 10, 2013 at 6:49 PM

      Thanks for the info. A lot of his critics pounce on any little thing as an excuse to bash him. Most of the time they don’t have a clue of what’s going on.

      • manchestermiracle - May 11, 2013 at 1:02 AM

        Yes, see below.

  6. henryd3rd - May 10, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    I don’t know what that woman did to deserve this treatment; but it does neither of them any good to have this played out in public? Kobe should have brought her a house and then take that stuff back to Cali! Now both look tacky. What a way to say Happy Mother’s Day!

    • lakerluver - May 10, 2013 at 6:29 PM

      To deserve WHAT treatment? We mock pro athletes and celebrities for squandering all their money but when an athlete says enough is enough we criticize him then too? To me this sounds like a woman that’s not happy no matter what her son does for her. Allegedly he offered her $250,000 for a down payment on a house. When is enough, enough??

  7. tsoul007 - May 10, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Hey! America this is what half education does to a man. Education is always a great foundation for any human being. Soul King (Curtis Mayfield) referred to people like Kobe as “Uneducated Fools” You see, don’t blame the mother, she doesn’t have to auction anything if Kobe has been taking good care of her. Kobe bought a mansion for his gold digging mother-in-law and his own mother is scraping pennies to buy a $450,000 dollar house.

    There is a lot wrong with this picture. Kobe needs to wake up and remember that if his parents didn’t bring him to this world and gave him parental love & guidance; he will never have been in the position he is today. It’s a great pity that most of the celebrities choose to dish their families and throw their life in the hands of useless women who are nothing but “hunters of fame & fortune” Kobe needs to do the right thing with his mother.

    • badintent - May 11, 2013 at 12:51 AM

      You can Google Earth Kobe’s digs and his mother in law. Right next door to him so she can walk over to baby sit, so Kobe can grab some dining in Newport or Laguna Beach.Check please.

    • manchestermiracle - May 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

      Parents bring children into the world for their own reason(s). Having children with the expectation that they are going to take care of you financially is pretty selfish. Do a little more research and you’ll find out Bryant has already done plenty for his mother. You can’t expect him to maintain an open checkbook for her after she made it plain she didn’t approve of his choice of spouse. At what point is that level of attempting to control your son’s life over the line?

  8. daddyghi - May 10, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    what a douchebag… all those millions earned?!? and you cant even share just a fraction of it to the person that brought you in to this world?! man!! somethins really wrong with this guy…

  9. lakerluver - May 10, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Does anyone know how much money he has already given his mom? Do we know how many homes or cars he has already bought her? We don’t know! But some of you clowns are awfully quick to judge him.

  10. kb2408 - May 10, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    His parents have never criticized him for anything accept for marrying his wife when he did. If he was such a bad son to his mom, or hadn’t been taking care of her, WE WOULD ALREADY HAVE HEARD ABOUT IT!! Kobe’s mom is behaving like a spoiled child who’s parent is telling her, No..! What’s wrong with the house she already has?!

  11. manchestermiracle - May 11, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    From NBC10 Philadelphia:

    “According to a court filing made this week by Bryant, his mother moved his treasures to a southern New Jersey storage facility a few years ago so she could convert his old bedroom in the family’s Pennsylvania home into a playroom for her granddaughters.

    “Pamela Bryant reached a deal in January for Berlin, N.J.-based Goldin Auctions to sell hundreds of items of her son’s old stuff, including practice gear and jerseys, varsity letters and awards from his days at Pennsylvania’s Lower Merion High School, as well as items from his early days in the NBA, including a signed ball from an NBA All-Star game and championship rings the Lakers had made for Bryant’s parents.

    “Pamela Bryant says in court filings that her son gave her permission to do what she wanted with his old things.

    “Kobe Bryant says, also in court papers, that’s not so. And, he says, he confronted his mother and that she agreed with him that she had fibbed.

    “Bryant also says that two of his prized possessions, a trophy and a surfboard award from the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards, were last seen in his California home, and he doesn’t know how they made their way to the New Jersey auction house.

    “The auction house appraised the trove of 900 items at $1.5 million and gave Pamela Bryant a $450,000 advance, which a court filing said she intended to spend on a home in Nevada. Property records show that she and Bryant’s father, former pro basketball player Joe “Jellybean” Bryant bought a Las Vegas home earlier this year.”

    Bryant’s folks own two houses in Philadelphia and have apparently already purchased a house in Las Vegas. Now she wants to use the advance she got from the auction house for another Nevada property. How many homes does she need?

    I’m sure there will be more facts forthcoming from this sordid episode in (ridiculously-rich) family affairs, but the comments about Bryant being some sort of rotten son are off-base and likely coming from those who already can’t stand him. His mother disapproves of his choice of spouse, yet she thinks KB Bank should continue funding her lifestyle? Yeah, that’s fair.

  12. paulhargis53 - May 11, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Hey look, its lakerluver, posting as himself and under his alias, Kobe2408.

    Didn’t he lose a bet to me where if the lakers weren’t in the conference finals, he left PBT??

    Its too bad that he’s not a man of his word. Loser on this website, loser in life.

    Signing off as KOBEluver for my buddy Malt.

    Get lost lakerloser!

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