NBA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant (pictured) is reportedly battling his mother, Pamela, in a court of law to prevent her from auctioning off cherished basketball keepsakes from his high school playing days and early NBA career, reports TMZ.
A New Jersey-based auction house, Goldin Auctions, is suing the 34-year-old “Black Mamba” for the right to sell the memorabilia, after the player’s legal team contacted the firm to inform them that they could not do so.
It is being alleged that Pamela made a deal with Goldin Auctions to sell off many of Kobe’s basketball momentos, such as his 2000 All-Star game signed ball, high school varsity letters, and game and practice jerseys.
TMZ states that according to the filed lawsuit, Goldin Auctions allegedly forked over an advance of $450,000 to Pamela, which she plans on using to purchase a home. The lawsuit also states that Bryant willingly handed over the mementos to his mother about five years ago.
Bryant argues that the keepsakes are his possessions and no one has the right to auction them off, so that is why he trying to block the process.
Meanwhile, the case is still awaiting a judge’s decision.