Bryant set for court battle over hundreds of items dubbed the “Bryant Collection”.
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant will have an unwelcome distraction this off-season, as he enters into a court battle to prevent his memorabilia from being auctioned.
Bryant said in a court filing that he never gave his mother permission to sell items from his high school days as well as his early professional years.
Dubbed “The Bryant Collection”, items include high school jerseys, trophies and championship rings, with Pamela Bryant claiming that the superstar had told her the memorabilia was under her ownership.
As a result, she organised to auction off the items through Goldin Auctions, and received a $450,000 advance. However Bryant has now written to the auction house demanding it cease the June sale, with Goldin suing to assert its right to sell.
“I never told my mother that she could have my personal property, let alone consign it for public auction,” the Mamba wrote in the filing according to NBA.com.
Bryant also took to Twitter to address the situation, and is clearly upset with his mother’s actions who is of the belief that her son had specifically told her that the items were owned by her.
— Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) May 4, 2013
However, the Lakers star is adamant that is not the case and will look to prevent the items being sold and have them returned to his possession.
The 34-year-old is currently in rehabilitation for a torn Achilles heel, and will undoubtedly be upset with this off-court distraction. Having had an icy relationship with both his mother and father in the past, Bryant will be hoping for an amicable and speedy solution.