Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/4/13
Kobe Bryant is fighting with an auction house over his mother’s decision to sell some of his memorabilia, and the root of their fight reportedly is money for a new home. Bryant’s mother, Pamela, sold memorabilia from Kobe’s basketball career to Goldin Auctions and was paid $450,000 up front. She planned to use the money to buy a new home. Some of the memorabilia included trophies, rings, an autographed ball, high school game and practice jerseys, and Lakers gear, according to TMZ. Kobe tried to block the auction because he claims he owns the memorabilia. The auction house filed a lawsuit in hopes of having Pamela declared the owner of the merchandise. Early Saturday morning, TMZ provided some more background on the fight between Kobe and his mother. TMZ says the issue erupted over Kobe buying a new home for his parents. He reportedly offered to buy them a nice home in Las Vegas for less than $1 million, but “they wanted something bigger and more extravagant” and Kobe said no. Kobe’s parents reportedly are chapped that his mother-in-law, Sofia Laine, seems to be better taken care of than them; she is living in a multi-million dollar home in Southern California. Kobe reportedly is upset over the whole matter because he feels like he has given his parents millions over the years. Bryant has had a rough relationship with his parents over the years, and things got particularly bad when he married Vanessa early in his career. His parents did not approve of the marriage for a number of reasons, which include their youth and Kobe’s lack of a prenuptial agreement. This is a tough situation all the way around and we truly feel badly that the Mamba is going through it.
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