oh no... possible smear campaign on Kobe? leaked negative story put in press to ease a pending amnestying to the fans?
Kobe Bryant, mom in court battle
CAMDEN, N.J. -- Kobe Bryant is in a court battle to try to keep his mother from auctioning off mementos from his high school days in Pennsylvania and his early NBA career.
A southern New Jersey auction house is suing for the right to sell the stuff after the NBA star's lawyers wrote the firm to say it could not.
Bryant contends that his mother, Pamela Bryant, doesn't have the right to sell the collectibles, including his Lower Merion High School letters, a 2000 NBA championship ring and hundreds of other items.
Berlin, N.J.-based Goldin Auctions says Bryant told his mother years ago that he didn't want the items.
Legal papers say Pamela Bryant intended to use her $450,000 advance to buy a new home.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
being from boston - the leaked news stories and smear campaign on outgoing/fired/traded players/coaches from the boston globe is a tradition that has turned into parody (where the fans will mock the newspaper and the organization trying to pull one on the public).