Lakers star Kobe Bryant is known for intense court battles – just not this kind.
According to legal documents, Bryant is in a court battle with his mother in an attempt to keep her from auctioning off memorabilia from his high school days in Pennsylvania and early years with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Among the valuables scheduled for auction include jerseys, practice gear from Lower Merion High School, varsity letters, a trophy from the 1995 Adidas ABCD basketball camp, and a signed basketball from the 2000 NBA championship game.
Several rings – including from Bryant’s 1996 Pennsylvania high school championship and 1998 NBA All-Star game – are also set be auctioned off in June by Goldin Auctions of Berlin, New Jersey.
Bryant’s mother, Pamela Bryant, reportedly received an initial payment of $450,000 from the auction company. Pamela Bryant said she needed the money in order to purchase a new home in Nevada.
According to ESPN, although Bryant offered to pay his mother $250,000 for the home, she reportedly turned down the offer, insisting she needed $450,000.
After the younger Bryant refused to fork over the additional $200,000, Pamela Bryant struck up the deal with Goldin Auctions for $450,000 in up-front cash.
During the 2012-2013 season Bryant earned a total of $27,849,000 – the highest salary in the NBA.
According to many reports, Bryant was completely unaware his belongings were slated for auction until just a few hours before the auction company publicly announced the sale on Tuesday morning.
By the end of that same day, Bryant’s attorney sent a cease-and-desist letter ordering the auction house to call off the sale and return the items.
"Mr. Bryant's personal property has ended up in the possession of someone who does not lawfully own it,” Bryant’s attorney Mark Campbell said. “We look forward to resolving this legal matter through the legal system."
However, the elder Bryant claimed the items were hers, and, as such, stated the items should still be up for auction next month.
"Kobe Bryant indicated to Pamela Bryant that the items belonged to her and that he had no interest in them," the auction house's attorneys wrote in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
Kenneth Goldin, owner of the auction house, says he can't cancel the auction because he's already advanced $450,000 to Bryant's mother and put money into advertising the auction.