Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 5/10/13
We wonder why athletes abuse alcohol, self-medicate with marijuana, coke, groupies and hookers, extend/enhance their careers with PEDs, go broke shortly after they retire, and then we learn that Kobe Bryant and his mother are embroiled in a nasty lawsuit over his childhood memorabilia. She wants an "additional" home in Nevada and a $450,000 down payment. Kobe countered with a quarter of a million. She found an auctioneer willing to pony up the $450k and a million more dollars in exchange for Kobe's high school jerseys, trophies and championship rings. Kobe filed suit. Kobe vs. Pamela isn't quite Kramer vs. Kramer -- and thankfully Kobe has yet to take a page from O.J. Simpson and hire armed goons to re-steal his memorabilia -- but hashing things out in the People's Court of public opinion is no way for mom and son to spend Mother's Day weekend. "I never told my mother that she could have my personal property, let alone consign it for public auction," Bryant stated in his court fi...
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