Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant says he never gave his mother, Pamela Bryant, permission to sell his basketball memorabilia from his high school days and early NBA career.
“I never told my mother that she could have my personal property, let alone consign it for public auction,” Bryant wrote in a filing Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Camden, which was seen by The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Bryant is battling his mother in court over hundreds of items she arranged to be auctioned off through N.J.-based Goldin Auctions. His high school uniforms from his days at Lower Merion are among the more than 50 items listed for the June auction.
“I confronted her about her false statement that I had given my memorabilia to her,” Bryant wrote.
“I said to her, ‘Mom, you know I never told you that you could have the memorabilia.’
“Her response was, ‘Yes, but you never said you wanted it either.’ Of course, this is untrue, since my wife and I requested that she return my memorabilia several years earlier.”
Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Bryant, also filed papers saying she asked for the memorabilia several years ago.
“Pamela Bryant agreed to return Kobe’s property, but stated that she had placed it all in storage because she had converted Kobe’s old bedroom into a toy room for our nieces,” Vanessa Bryant wrote.