Man, it seems like only 2 1/2 months ago that we learned Kobe Bryant and his mother were involved in a lawsuit with a New Jersey auctioneer to prevent the sale of a bunch of Kobe's trophies, personal effects and merchandise that his mom had given the auction company in exchange for enough cash to buy a house in Nevada. Were we ever so young?
The family drama saw mother Pamela Bryant claim her son had said he didn't care about the stuff and that she and husband Joe "Jellybean" Bryant could do whatever she wanted with it, which apparently included "giving a bunch of it to an auction house in exchange for a $450,000 advance to put down on a property in the Southwest." The Los Angeles Lakers star countered with the immortal (to me, anyway) line "Mom, you know I never told you that you could have the memorabilia."
The legal wrangling included a cease-and-desist letter sent by Kobe to stop the auction, a federal lawsuit filed by Goldin Auctions to allow it to continue, subsequent filings from Kobe and wifeVanessa Bryant aimed at proving establishing he never gave his folks permission to hock his stuff, and a June settlement that allowed auctioneer Kenneth Goldin to put a small number of items up for bidding, rather than the 100-plus pieces Pamela initially promised and Goldin initially advertised.
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