Kobe Bryant is finding himself in a different kind of court battle against his mother.
The Los Angeles Lakers star is suing his mom, Pamela Bryant, to stop a June auction where some of his sports memorabilia would go up for sale. In the suit, Kobe alleges that his mother doesn't have permission to sell the items.
Among the items up for sale:
- Bryant's basketball jerseys from Lower Merion High School
- A pair of 1996 rings from the McDonald's All-American game and his state championship
- Bryant's surfboard from the 1999 Teen Choice Awards
- A pair of 2000 Los Angeles Lakers championship rings specially designed for his parents
Kobe's attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter to Goldin Auctions after it announced the sale Tuesday. Attorneys with the auction house also filed suit, saying "Kobe Bryant indicated to Pamela Bryant that the items belonged to her and that he had no interest in them." The auction house said it already paid Pamela Bryant a consigning fee of $450,000, which she used to buy a house in Nevada.
Kobe, who tore his Achilles tendon late in the season and was expected to miss the start of next season, took to Twitter to voice his displeasure with his parents:
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 4, 2013
The relationship between Kobe and his mother and father, former Joe "Jellybean" Bryant, have always been tense. His parents didn't approve of his marriage to his wife, Vanessa, and they didn't attend his wedding.
So, who do you think owns the sports memorabilia, Kobe or his mom? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.