By Mickey Charles, CEO, President - Archive - Email
A Mother's Love
Kobe Bryant has spent his entire playing career with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hatboro, PA (Sports Network) - The question that has been raised recently is whether a mother and son have to craft a document similar in nature, and with the same purpose, as a pre-nuptial agreement.

It has been said that there is no greater love than that of a mother for a child, but are attorneys really necessary when he with the predictable talent(s) reaches puberty?

There is the story that has been told from Western Europe to the United States of the boy whose beloved told him that if he really loved her, he would cut out his mother's heart and bring it to her. They debated this task for some time but, eventually, he gave in for fear of losing his future mate for life.

Consequently, he went, performed the terrible task and was bringing the heart to his lady when he tripped and fell on the walk. It was at that moment that the heart was heard to say, "Are you hurt, my son?"

Kobe Bryant makes a ton of money, and deservedly so. He can pretty much afford just about anything, but the value of memorabilia dear to him, reminders of outstanding achievement due to his athletic prowess, have a personal value that no one can even estimate.

Apparently, he left much of his personal effects of times past, the memories that each of us would cherish and recall in an instant, with his mother for safe-keeping and/or just so she could show off, with pride, who her son was, and is, from early school days to school, Europe to the NBA. They were not left with her so that she might, one day, believe she is an extension of Sotheby's and had the right and power to have an auction.

Face reality. If she needs money, her son can provide it and she can live in comfort for a very long time. He did not, as we understand it, give or deed all those items to her. They were merely left with her, and it is safe to presume, out of love and trust, not to do with as she wished. Hell, take an estimate of the worth of all of it and Kobe can write a check to his mother in that amount and then move the memorabilia to his current home, or build an extension to house it. How tough would that be?

Is the mother of the year (not!) doing this for spite, did he wrong or offend her in some fashion, is she really desperate for the funds to what end bringing this into the public? It is a family affair, but she has opened it up for all to see.

Interestingly enough, his father and grandmother have sided with mom. His sister says that good old mom repeatedly spoke about the value of that entire collection of memorabilia but never gave a really true hint that she was going to try her hand at the auction business.

As the war of words continues, Pamela Bryant insists her son gave her the items, which include jerseys, trophies and rings from his high school and professional career. He denies that, saying he wants to give the items to his children. The fact that he did not come to her home to get the items does not mean he gave them to her, which she and her husband and grandmother claim.

It is now "he said, she said" compounded by his father, Joseph, who stated that, "My son gave my wife these items over the years, saying, 'Here, Mom, these are for you." And, the claim that the Los Angeles Lakers' star did not come to get the memorabilia was an indication, clearly, that they belonged to good old mom. How insane is that?

Pamela Bryant contends that the collectibles have been in her possession for at least 15 years and she paid about $90,000 to store the items during the past five years at Sinclair Moving in West Berlin, N.J. This lady is not collecting food stamps.

The family fight actually came to the surface and everyone's attention after Goldin Auctions of West Berlin announced plans April 30 to sell the collectibles on consignment from Pamela Bryant. Hold on to your seat(s) for this one - Goldin said that it has paid a $450,000 advance to Pamela Bryant, who used it to buy a house in Las Vegas. Way to go, Mom!

How outrageous is it that Joe and Pamela Bryant interpret Kobe's not taking all those items to his home in Pacific Palisades was the same as saying, "Happy Mother's Day, Mom ... these are all for you."

The Bryants make the Hatfields and McCoys of yesteryear come across as kissin' cousins, and that is not easy to do.

It might be time for everyone whose parents are still with us to start sorting out who owns what. No, I am not serious, but how insane is this entire situation? Will Kobe and his mom (and dad) kiss and make up and will Kobe give his impoverished a fairly sizeable check and then move all of those items to his home in California, where he will add an extension and have his own trophy room? Stay tuned.

Is it time to call good ol' mom and tell her you are both going to meet with your lawyers to iron out what belongs to whom?

You gotta be kidding!

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