Kobe Bryant is battling his mom to stop her from selling off a bunch of junk that he left behind in her home, including a bunch of c**p — excuse me, memorabilia — from his high school days in Pennsylvania. No, really.
The ungentlemanly Los Angeles Lakers player had his lawyer send a cease and desist letter on Tuesday to tell Pamela Bryant that she couldn’t sell a bunch of junk he couldn’t ever be bothered to take home to litter his own place.
Now, the New Jersey auction house which planned to sell the items for Kobe’s mom has fired back by filing a lawsuit Thursday in the US District Court in Camden.
Goldin Auction said that they have already paid Pamela Bryant $450,000 in front money for the auction of items like practice gear from Lower Merion High School and a trophy from a 1995 basketball camp. Kobe’s mom is buying a house in Nevada.
According to Goldin, she asked Kobe Bryant five years ago when he was going to pick up his stuff. You know, considering he’s big rich star in his thirties, with a wife and family of his own, maybe it’s time he cleaned his c**p out of his mom’s house.
She said that he told her he didn’t want it. Well, she didn’t want it either. So she ended up storing the erstwhile junk in a $1,500 a month storage unit — until she got the bright idea to sell the stuff through the Goldin Auction house.
The mostly valuable piece is likely Kobe Bryant’s Lower Merion High School basketball uniform with the number 24. “It is believed to be the only authentic game worn #24 Kobe Bryant LMHS jersey in existence,” said a Goldin statement.
If the court allows the sale to go forward, the auction will take place sometime in June, and I’m confident that Kobe Bryant’s old jersey will go at a price that most of us wouldn’t be willing to pay. Goldin Auction house previously sold what their website calls “the world’s most valuable baseball card” for a mind-boggling $2.1 million.
If I was the judge, I’d rule that if Kobe couldn’t be bothered to clean out his room in five years, the auction winnings should go to his mother.
What do you think about the Kobe Bryant battle with his mom?