Bryant's parents say sorry for trying to sell memorabilia
THE parents of NBA star Kobe Bryant have publicly apologised to their son for trying to sell some of his memorabilia.
His mother Pamela gave a consignment of items to New Jersey auction house Goldin Auctions, which resulted in Bryant suing the firm to stop the sale.
Bryant, who is the NBA's highest-paid player and signed an $US83.5million three-year contract extension with the LA Lakers in April 2010, subsequently negotiated a settlement with Goldin which allowed the company to keep six items, according to ESPN.
President Ken Goldin said he believed the entire consignment had belonged to Bryant's mother, but was happy to keep the six items which he estimated would sell for more than $500,000.
Goldin also said he had advanced Pamela Bryant $450,000 to buy a new house for her and her husband in Las Vegas.
Bryant's parents issued a statement that read: "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".