Monday, June 10th, 2013 at 10:45 am  |  13 responses

Kobe Bryant’s Parents Apologize After Settlement in Memorabilia Case

The bizarre, legal fight between Kobe Bryant and his folks over the NBA superstar’s memorabilia has concluded, and the elder Bryants issued an apology. Per ESPN: “Bryant and a company that was auctioning off the memorabilia reached a deal one week before the two sides were due to go to trial in New Jersey. The agreement allows the sale of six items, which Goldin Auctions president Ken Goldin said on Monday morning he is confident can still sell for more than $500,000 combined. Bryant’s parents, who had contracted with Goldin to sell the items, apologized in a written statement. ‘We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia,’ said Joe and Pamela Bryant in the statement, provided by a publicist. ‘We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we have caused our son and appreciate the financial support he has provided over the years. We also apologize to Goldin Auctions for their inadvertent involvement in this matter and thank them for their assistance.’ [...] While Goldin said he wasn’t free to divulge the terms of the settlement, what is clear is that approximately 90 percent of what previously was being offered has been pulled off the table, though they are still some of the most highly coveted items. Goldin said he is still happy with the resolution. ‘We’re offering very rare Kobe Bryant memorabilia,’ Goldin said. ‘And for many of these items, this is the only place you’ll ever see things like this.’ Included in the auction will be two of Bryant’s high school uniforms and two rings celebrating the 2000 Lakers championship team that were gifted at the time to Bryant’s parents. The ring gifted to his father Joe, Goldin notes, comes in the same size as the ring presented to Kobe (11½). For some items, including Bryant’s 2000 NBA All-Star ring, half the winning bid will be donated to charity, Goldin said. When reached, Kobe Bryant said he would have no comment on the resolution. Bidding will start June 17 and close July 19.”

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  • KoloradoKobe

    His own mom and dad had to issue a written apology to him? Damn, that’s baller.

  • Junkie

    Yeah but the fact that his parents tried to sell their sons achievements and memorabilia makes it less baller.

  • uqk

    are they broke?

  • RayJr

    Just a weird story. Glad this is over.

  • spit hot fiyah

    well, she thought it was momorabilia. cheesy

  • spit hot fiyah

    well, she thought it was momorabilia. cheesy

  • The Seed

    Kobe has been taking care of his parents for years, they wanted to make some side money on his materials and now he has still allowed them to do their side hustle for cash. All of the people who acted like this was Kobe fault, got it wrong. Parents can want a piece of their kids action and every parent/child relationship is not great.

  • Jay Brodes

    happy for kb that 90% of his stuff cant be sold. if i had the money i would buy what it is sold and give it to kobe. i would just want a pair of venoms and mvp iv in my size and my 5 cookies signed!

  • The Philosopher

    Let them know, Seed.
    I don’t even blame the man for how he acts sometimes.
    He seems like the Gary Coleman of the NBA.
    As far as how his parents seem to be.

  • JoeMaMa

    This is what we call a “legal apology.”

  • z

    If you had money and you felt the need to donate to a rich guy, I hope you live in poverty for the rest of your life. That’s the dumbest, most groupie-minded idea ever heard of.

  • Dingo

    It would amuse me if Kobe 24hrs prior to the auction wears his high school jersey (even a fake one) just to put doubt there is more than one out there. Or he could just drop 1 line, “I had more than 1 jersey of course, not even sure if I wore that one to be honest, I need to go through my own boxes at home, that’s where the good stuff is #kobeknows”

  • Jermaine Propaine

    I see what you did there, lol