NBA: Kobe in court battle with mom

  • Posted: Sunday, May 5, 2013 2:15 p.m.
This image provided by Goldin Auctions on Friday, May 3, 2013, shows an advertisement for an auction of items from Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Goldin Auctions is suing for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star's lawyers wrote the firm to say it could not. Bryant contends that his mother, Pamela Bryant, doesn't have the right to sell the collectibles including his high school letters, a 2000 NBA championship ring and hundreds of other items.  (AP Photo/Goldin Auctions)
This image provided by Goldin Auctions on Friday, May 3, 2013, shows an advertisement for an auction of items from Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. Goldin Auctions is suing for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star's lawyers wrote the firm to say it could not. Bryant contends that his mother, Pamela Bryant, doesn't have the right to sell the collectibles including his high school letters, a 2000 NBA championship ring and hundreds of other items. (AP Photo/Goldin Auctions)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Kobe Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementoes from his high school days in Pennsylvania and his early years with the Los Angeles Lakers.

A New Jersey auction house filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Camden on Thursday for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star’s lawyers wrote the firm telling it to cancel a planned June auction.


The disagreement is a high-value, high-profile version of a question many families face: Can Mom get rid of the stuff a grown child left at home?

In this case, the 900 mementoes happen to be worth upward of $1.5 million.

Among the first 100 or so items Pamela Bryant intends to sell: the NBA star’s jerseys, practice gear and sweat suits from Lower Merion High School; varsity letters; a trophy for being the outstanding player at the 1995 Adidas ABCD basketball camp; and a signed basketball from the 2000 NBA championship game.

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