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Vanessa Bryant shares snaps of Kobe memorabilia after suing LA sheriff for ‘leaking pics of helicopter crash’

VANESSA Bryant has revealed a trove of memorabilia items she's collected throughout her late husband Kobe Bryant's NBA career.

Vanessa – who is a self-described "hoarder wife" – shared Instagram photos on Wednesday of her favorite items.


Included among the keepsakes are the NBA star's high school jersey and warmups, which she said their family didn't get back until 2013.

"The fact that this was auctioned off and my husband had to buy this and more back is so sad. Glad we have it back," she said.

Among the other near and dear items in the collection are the Adidas sneakers Kobe wore during his championship run with the Los Angeles Lakers and the champagne-soaked locker room t-shirt he wore after winning the championship in 2001.

"I keep EVERYTHING for my baby and our girls," she added.



The widow also shared pics of her late husband's All-Star jerseys, autographed basketballs from NBA events.

She posted a heartfelt "#Keepsake" selfie while wearing Kobe's Lakers jacket from his "teenage years."

"My baby's Lakers Jacket #teenageyears," she captioned the post, followed by two emoji hearts in the team's signature purple and yellow.




Vanessa revealed Kobe's prized possessions a day after she filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County sheriff and his department for leaking photos of the crash site in California where he and his daughter Gianna died.

The lawsuit alleges that "no fewer than eight sheriff's deputies at the crash site pulled out their personal cell phones and snapped photos of the dead children, parents and coaches," according to TMZ.

The suit also alleges that LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva tried to cover up the mishap by telling deputies that if they deleted photos of the crash site from their phones, they wouldn't face discipline.

The filing reportedly goes on to say that the deputies took the photos for "their own personal gratification."



"Ms. Bryant feels ill at the thought of strangers gawking at images of her deceased husband and child, and she lives in fear that she or her children will one day confront horrific images of their loved ones online," the suit says.

Vanessa also hit back at her mother Sofia Laine's claims that she kicked her out of the family home after Kobe's death and took back the car she was given.

Laine made the allegations while holding back tears during an interview with Univision television show El Gordo y La Flaca.


“My husband and daughter passed away unexpectedly, and yet my mother had the audacity to do a television interview speaking negatively of me while shedding tears for a car and a house that were not in her name," Vanessa said.

"She has removed all her diamond jewellery, emptied the apartment I provided, and put away the furniture to make it look like she doesn’t have my support.

"My husband and I have supported her financially for the past 20 years, and continue to do so, in addition to her monthly alimony," she added.

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