Kobe Bryant’s Family Feud Will Benefit Bully Project

July 23, 2013 by  
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2455017028_583df86341Kobe Bryant is used to leaving defenders’ jock straps on the court with his killer crossover and fade-away jumper. Unfortunately he had to use similar skills against his own mother, leaving her sexy panties on the floor of a New Jersey federal court.

Pamela Bryant, Kobe’s mother, had her eye on a house in Nevada, but did not have the funds readily available for a down payment. What she did have was 900-plus pieces of memorabilia from her NBA superstar son’s high school and early NBA years. Pamela got in touch with Goldin Auctions in Berlin, N.J. this past January, and handed over all of the items in exchange for a $450,000 advance on the auction proceeds. Kobe caught wind of what was happening after he saw the press release indicating the auction would begin in June. He filed a temporary restraining order in Los Angeles federal court, which was granted in early May, forcing Goldin to stop its scheduled June auction. Goldin had already paid Pamela the advance, so filed a lawsuit of their own in New Jersey to proceed with the auction.

The Bryant Collection

This entire saga began because of a misunderstanding between mother and son. Pamela says Kobe gave her the items to keep, so she put them in a $1,500 per month storage unit, according to the Daily Mail. But Kobe, according to court documents, said that his mother did not own the items, nor did she have permission to sell them. The collection, worth upwards of $1.5 million in Goldin’s estimation, is quite impressive.

Some of the items include Kobe’s #24 and #33 Lower Merion High School jerseys, and the corresponding 1996 Pennsylvania state high school championship ring. Kobe’s 1998 NBA All-Star ring and his first #8 Lakers jersey was also part of the package. Several pairs of sneakers, trophies, medals, plaques and ribbons would have also been up for grabs to the highest bidder.

The Settlement

Shortly after Goldin Auctions filed its lawsuit, the parties reached a settlement which allows six of the items to be sold at the auction that began June 17 and runs through July 19. Those items, which Goldin expects will bring in more than $500,000, include the aforementioned high school jerseys, All-Star ring, NBA championship rings, and a medal Kobe earned from the 1996 Magic Johnson Roundball Classic. Half of the proceeds from the sale of the rings and medallion will go to the Bully Project, the anti-bullying campaign Kobe has supported in the past. Further details of the settlement are confidential. The current bid on the jerseys is $19,489 each, while the all star ring is at $12,100. The auction does not close until July 19, so Kobe fans with the means have plenty of time to get their hands on a piece of history.

Kobe would only say that the dispute was amicably resolved, while Pamela issued an apology to both her son and Goldin Auctions.

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6 Responses to “Kobe Bryant’s Family Feud Will Benefit Bully Project”

  1. tyshon on October 28th, 2013 11:31 am

    i think that more people should put in all the work to help prevent the bullying of our society.

  2. rodney on October 28th, 2013 11:33 am

    tyshon wats up

  3. tyshon on October 28th, 2013 11:36 am

    kobe bryant is only doing part of the work others should join.If people dont they will just keep coming at people children.Most schoold dont even pitch in on the work.This IS my opinion.goooOoooooooddddddbyyyyyyyyeeeee

  4. rodney on October 28th, 2013 11:36 am

    KoBe Bryant is one of my favorite basket ball player and i am glad that he has got with Grab The Bully By The Horn.It really helps tht people from sports are against bullying and tht the are aressting people who bully one another.now these kids are safe

  5. tyshon on October 28th, 2013 11:39 am

    This tyshon reporting bully news for Florence ave school.Hello i have some breaking news with two kids who got teased in a boys bathroom.Wittnesses say a boy named tyler walkrd in a bathroom and his classmates followed him in there.Thats all for today.

  6. rodney on October 28th, 2013 11:39 am

    Its Rodney at FAS florence ave school and most of the bullying has stopped the kids are getting focused on school and having fun at it i think this website helped Alotttttttttt

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