A temporary restraining order, blocking Kobe Bryant’s mother from auctioning some of the Laker star’s memorabilia, has been kept in place by a federal judge. Attorneys for both the athlete and his mother, Pamela Bryant, argued over the possibility of moving the legal matter to New Jersey, where similar litigation is currently pending. Bryant’s mother reportedly wants the case to move to New Jersey, while Bryant wants it to stay in Orange County, where he resides. A TRO was maintained by U.S. Distruct Judge Andrew Guilford, blocking Goldin Auctions from selling off the memorabilia, as Guilford prepares to rule on Goldin’s motion for a change of venue. The Laker guard’s memorabilia’s reported potential worth is around $1 million. “Perhaps this is a case of a young man who should have cleaned up his bedroom and didn’t do it,” Guilford said, smiling. “Or sent it to storage.” Guilford is encouraging the attorneys to try to work out a settlement. “Talk about how you can resolve it,” Guilford said, suggesting the two sides go to “binding arbitration in the next week or two,” or allow the judge to send the case to a “mediation panel.” The judge also said he was inclined to recommend binding arbitration. “The attorney’s fees must be mounting,” Guilford noted. Sharia Washington, Kobe Bryant’s sister, has taken her brother’s side in the dispute, according to court papers.
Kobe Bryant Still In Court Feud With Mother Over Memorabilia Rights
CBS Los Angeles | May 14