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Kobe Bryant battles mom for ownership of sports memorabilia from his youth in 2 federal courts

May 10, 2013, 05:50 pm CDT


Kobe should lose. He was a minor when the memorabilia was acquired. He had no ability to contract for or PAY for the items. Lettermen jackets cost HUNDREDS of dollars and the letters that go with them usually cost 50-100 more per issuance. The other items were also almost certainly purchased by his custodial parent, his mother. Furthermore, when he moved out of his mother's home he ABANDONED the items years ago (they were not lost). As a result, his mother has at least two good claims to them. I do not know if his boyhood state has a similar statue but in the western states, including CA, parents are entitled to the value of the labor of their minor children. So the value of the letterman awards would also be his mother's, a third good claim.

Kobe should lose

By Nadine on 2013 05 11, 5:00 pm CDT

What's the jurisdictional debate about if Kobe's state court action was removed on diversity grounds (which I assume it was)? The auction house's advance makes it clear that more than $75K is involved and there doesn't appear to be any in-state defendant.

Also, why does Kobe's mom still have that stuff. Kids leave things behind when they move out, of course, anyone who's raised kids has a "museum" to them at home, but usually because they don't have a permanent place of their own to store them. That's obviously not the case with Kobe. Did he just trust his mom and learn that, perhaps like Nadine, she was just a "mother"?

By Pushkin on 2013 05 12, 1:27 pm CDT

Who needs Kobe memorabilia! I think Kobe's mom's legal defense team should make t-shirts that say: "Happy Mother's Day Mrs. Bryant--You've been served!"

By BMF on 2013 05 12, 4:58 pm CDT

He spent his youth in federal courts?

By Otto on 2013 05 13, 4:14 pm CDT

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