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Kobe Bryant is in the middle of a public battle with his family that is getting pretty ugly. The superstar’s mother claims that he lied in order to stop the auction of his memorabilia. In fact, his father and grandmother are both siding with Kobe’s mom, who seems hurt that her son would do such a thing to the family.
Over 100 collectibles were set to be auctioned off, pieces of Kobe’s past that he doesn’t appear to be ready to part with. Pamela Bryant, Kobe’s mother, says that her son gave her the items, and Kobe says that he wants to give them to his kids.
The items include jerseys, trophies and rings from his high school and professional career.
Kobe’s mother also accused her son and daughter-in-law of lying to the courts, stating that many of their sworn statements were false.
Namely, she says that a May 2nd phone conversation during which he claims that he demanded the return of his items never occurred in the way he says.
Kobe “never demanded the return of any of the items, nor were they in any way improperly taken from him without his permission.”
Joseph Bryant, Kobe’s father, and his grandmother, Mildred Cox, are also in on the fight. They say that Kobe declined an offer to take the things out of the house and that his mother has the right to sell them. Oddly, they say that he came to visit in 2005, which is a long time ago. Pamela says that she took Kobe and his wife upstairs to see the items, and they decided that they didn’t want them.
“My son gave my wife these items over the years, stating, ‘Here Mom, these are for you,’ ” said Joseph Bryant, Kobe’s dad.
Kobe’s dad also says that “on several occasions that it would be nice for him to take some of the memorabilia he had given to his mother and set up a room in his California house to display the items. He declined to do so.”