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Parents of Kobe Bryant say he lied about ownership of memorabilia


It was Mother’s Day yesterday in the United States, but it’s unlikely that Kobe Bryant had any civil contact with his mother, Pamela – that’s if he had any at all.

The pair are currently tangled in a bitter legal dispute over the ownership of Kobe’s old basketball memorabilia that his mother put up for auction: Pamela says it’s hers, while Kobe says it’s his. Yes, it’s complicated.

Last week, Kobe won a court order to block the sale of the memorabilia, albeit only temporarily. Today, Pamela and Kobe’s father, Joe, filed statements to a New Jersey court, claiming Kobe is lying about the ownership of the gear, per Mark Medina:

[pullquote]Bryant’s mother, Pamela, and father, Joe, filed statements in federal court in Camden, NJ. on Monday suggesting the Lakers’ star has lied during his recent efforts to Pamela’s hope to give a New Jersey-based auction house more than 100 of his basketball memorabilia from both his high school and early portion of his Lakers career.

In a declaration filed in federal court in Camden Monday, Pamela insisted sworn statements from Kobe and his wife, Vanessa, “contained many false statements.” That included Kobe’s account of a May 2 phone conversation, in which she allegedly agreed he had never told her she could have his belongings.[/pullquote]

Pamela apparently asked for money from Kobe to buy an additional home in Nevada. Bryant is said to have offered his mother $200,000, but Pamela wanted $450,000. After her son refused, Pamela went behind his back and sent Kobe’s memorabilia to auction.

Bryant tweeted shortly after the news of the auction, saying that he was “hurt beyond measure” by the actions of his mother. “When u give Give GIVE and they take Take TAKE at wat point do u draw a line in the sand?” Bryant wrote.

With the two sides seeing this situation so very differently, it doesn’t seem like they’ll be a resolution to matter this anytime soon.

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