Kobe Bryant has one of the most storied basketball careers of all-time, so he obviously has a lot of cool – and extremely valuable – basketball memorabilia that he’s picked up along the way. Some of the gear is in his mother’s possession.
According to ESPN, his mother has looked after his jerseys, practice gear and sweatsuits from his time at Lower Merion High School. There’s also trophy Bryant won for being the outstanding player at the 1995 Adidas ABCD basketball camp. There’s even a signed basketball from the 2000 NBA championship game.
But it doesn’t stop there: Bryant is of course no stranger to rings, so Pamela Bryant has a 1996 Pennsylvania high school championship ring, a couple the Lakers made for Kobe’s parents after L.A. won the championship in 2000 and there’s even one from the 1998 NBA All-Star Game.
And Kobe’s mother wants to auction off all of it to buy herself a new home in Nevada – oh, and this is without Kobe’s permission, by the way.
ESPN says that Kobe offered to give Mrs. Bryant $250,000 to buy a new home but she turned him down, instead asking for $450,000. When the Black Mamba refused, she went behind his back to auction off all his old gear:
[pullquote]According to court filings, Pamela Bryant struck a deal in January with Goldin Auctions in Berlin, N.J., which earlier this year sold a rare Honus Wagner baseball card for a record $2.1 million.
She got $450,000 up front, which she intended to use for a new home in Nevada.
A source told ESPN that Kobe Bryant offered to pay his mother up $250,000 toward a home she wanted.
She refused, saying she wanted $450,000. When Kobe Bryant turned her down, the source said that unbeknownst to Kobe Bryant she struck a deal to get the $450,000 advanced through the auction company.
The source said Kobe Bryant was unaware that his memorabilia was being auctioned until hours before the auction company released the news of the sale.[/pullquote]
Dave McMenamin says that Bryant has assisted his parents financially over the course of his 17-year NBA career, sending “millions of dollars” their way, so it’s not as if Kobe’s been stingy with his pay checks.
Kobe today expressed his shock and sadness over the matter as he took to Twitter to address the situation:
I hope Kobe and his mother can resolve this matter. Not only because all that stuff must mean so much to Kobe – it’s priceless – but because it sucks to be on bad terms with your parents.
Although, right now, there doesn’t seem to be a resolution in sight, seeing as the owner of the auction house says the auction cannot be stopped, seeing as he’s already given $450,000 to Pamela and has put money into advertising the sale.