The obstacles facing Kobe Bryant no longer consist of recovering from a torn left Achilles' tendon. Bryant's mother, Pamela, and father, Joe, filed statements in federal court Monday in Camden, N.J., suggesting the Lakers star lied in hopes of stopping Pamela from giving a New Jersey-based auction house more than 100 of his basketball memorabilia from his high school and early portion of his Lakers career. Pamela insisted sworn statements from Kobe and his wife, Vanessa "contained many false statements." Pamela disputed her son's account of a May 2 phone conversation in which she allegedly agreed he never told her she could have his belongings. "This conversation never occurred and I never made that statement," Pamela Bryant said. She added Kobe "never demanded the return of any of the items, nor were they in any way improperly taken from him without his permission." Bryant's father, Joe, and grandmother, Mildred Cox, supported Pamela's claim. "My son gave my wife these items over the years, stating, 'Here mom, these are for you,' " Joe said. He said he advised Kobe to "set up a room in his California house to display the items." But Joe said Kobe "declined to do so." Bryant said in court papers he never gave Pamela permission to sell the items. Those included two championship rings he gave his parents after the Lakers won the 2000 NBA title, a signed Lakers basketball, his 1996 Pennsylvania high school championship ring and sweatsuits he wore at Lower Merion High. The auction list also included Bryant's high school jerseys and a 1999 Teen Choice Awards trophy.
Kobe Bryant's parents say he lied in order to try to stop auction
L.A. Daily News | May 14