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Maybe now that Kobe Bryant has retired from the NBA, he will have more time to work on his personal relationships. Namely, the one between he and his parents.

Apparently, it’s been three years since the future Hall of Famer has spoken to his parents, Joe and Pamela Bryant. Why, you ask? Well, according to ESPN, it all stems from the time they tried to sell his high school memorabilia without his consent. Since then, the relationship has been strained to say the least. “Our relationship is shit,” Bryant tells ESPN writer Ramona Shelburne. “I say [to them], ‘I’m going to buy you a very nice home, and the response is ‘That’s not good enough’?” he says. “Then you’re selling my shit?”

After selling a half million dollars worth of Kobe’s personal effects, the Bryants issued a statement that surely pissed him off even more.

“We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia. We apologize for any misunderstanding and unintended pain we may have caused our son and appreciate the financial support that he has provided to us over the years.”


Luckily, the ESPN article does state that the Black Mamba’s relationships with his sisters, Sharia and Shaya, is actually quite good. “They’re very smart, college-educated [women],” Kobe says. “I’m really proud of them. They were able to get their own jobs, get their own lives, take care of themselves. Now they have a better sense of self, of who they are as people, instead of being resentful because they were relying on me.

Man, money really can ruin relationships, but hopefully Kobe can work things out with his parents sooner than later.

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  1. Eric J. Chambers

    April 20, 2016 at 9:45 PM

    I hope Kobe and his parents can redeem the time, for it is written, our lives are like vapors~here for a moment and then they’re gone. Kobe has enough money to do whatever he wants for his parents. They could have aborted him, but they didn’t. They could have kept him from playing sports, but they didn’t. It’s time to be grateful. I wondered if they were at his final game, and the answer is clear: They weren’t. Sad. He has a tendency to be too hard. It’s time to take off the game face, at least with his parents, and squash this situation for once and for all. Again, REDEEM THE TIME.

    • Kyriediculous

      April 22, 2016 at 12:15 PM

      his parents are dicks I would rather stay away from those type of ppl

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