It doesn’t matter if you’re a writer for an online magazine or one of the greatest professional basketball players ever, if your mom says clean up the garage; do it.
Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar, Kobe Bryant is embroiled in a legal battle with his mother, Pamela Bryant, over sports memorabilia dating back over 16 years, when Kobe was in high school. Kobe Bryant began playing basketball in Italy in the early 1990s, when his dad, former NBA player, Joe Bryant, was wrapping up his career in Italy. Later, Kobe was a high school star at Philadelphia’s Lower Merion High. Kobe’s talents were so grand, his school won a championship and he skipped college after being drafted by Charlotte, then traded to Los Angeles in 1996. Kobe picked up a lot of trophies, varsity letters, signed basketball, jerseys, shoes, and a date with pop singer Brandy, to his prom. His mom, Pamela is selling all of it (except for the date with Brandy which is apparently not legal) all of that stuff, plus items from his days with the NBA’s Lakers to a prestigious auction house. Kobe’s attorney has filed an injunction against Goldin Auctions in Berlin, New Jersey. In return, Goldin has sued Kobe Bryant to get the right to sell his crap in his mama’s garage. Before you wonder if all of this is a big misunderstanding and ask will Kobe and his mom will solve the issues by Mother’s Day, let me shoot down that possibility down with context and family drama.
Kobe Bean Bryant, the man who nicknamed himself “Black Mamba”, is coming across like a snake, alright. While brilliant at basketball, kind of sucks at family life. His relationships with his father (currently a basketball coach in Thailand), his mother, and his wife Vanessa, are tenuous at best. Five years ago, Pamela Bryant says she asked her son what he wanted her to do with the “stuff” in her possession. She alleges her son said it was all hers and to keep it. But in January of this year, Pamela wanted to buy a house in Nevada and since her multi-millionaire son wasn’t offering to buy his mama a place, she offered the memorabilia dusting up her garage, basement, and probably an attic, to Goldin Auctions. The auction house offered her $450, 000 as an advance after estimating the Kobe gear was worth as much as $1.5 million. Pamela Bryant says she’s been storing the items, numbering over 100 pieces, in a storage facility over the past few years. She claims to have accumulated over $75,000 in storage fees.
It seems as Kobe Bean needs to cut a few checks to Mama Pam for Mother’s Day instead of flowers, a card, and a gift card to Applebee’s. This bring an interesting case to the New Jersey legal system. Does a mother own her son’s “stuff” after a certain amount of time? mother storing son’s junk make for a legal binding ownership agreement? Will this make Kobe’s Law the rule for cleaning out your garage when you move out?
A few years ago, my mom gave me a box of my crap. Baseball cards, school items, pictures, action figures not dolls, and old notebooks where I’d written brilliant ideas for novels when I was ten-years-old. I guess I should be grateful she didn’t try to sell it on Ebay for five bucks.
The auction is scheduled for June. The court may rule on Kobe’s injunction and or Goldin’s lawsuit by the end of May. Don’t expect to see Kobe Bryant and his mother Pamela walking hand in hand into your local chain restaurant on Mother’s Day.
With the new Great Gatsby movie coming out soon, it’s time to remember F. Scott’s Fitzgerald’s line from his short story ‘The Rich Boy’; ”Let me tell you about the very rich. They are different from you and me.”