Kobe and parents are happy now and compromised

Kobe and mom

Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant has reached an agreement with a New Jersey auction house, just a week before the two sides were set to appear in court.

Bryant had sued Goldin Auctions last month after he learned that his mother, Pamela, had sought their services for the sale a wide variety of his memorabilia. In the suit, Bryant claimed his parents had no right to sell the items.

Bryant’s parents, Pamela and Joe “Jellybean” Bryant, released a joint statement Monday, apologizing for their involvement.  Here’s their statement, according to ESPN.

Joe and Pamela Bryant“We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia.  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.”

As part of the compromised agreement, Bryant has allowed the sale of a few items, including two of his high school uniforms and two championship rings he had given his parents.

“We’re offering very rare Kobe Bryant memorabilia,” company president Ken Goldin told ESPN. “And for many of these items, this is the only place you’ll ever see things like this.”

Gouldin Auction-Kobe collection

The auction is set to begin June 17.


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