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Kobe Bryant Finally EXPLAINED . . . Why He Hasn't Spoken To EITHER PARENT . . . In More Than 3 YEARS!!! (He's As COLD BLOODED Off-The-Court . . . As He Is ON-THE-COURT)

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Kobe Bryant is known for being one big a$$hole on the court - but it looks like he's pretty much that bad OFF the court too. Kobe recently did an interview with ESPN, where he explained WHY he no longer speaks with either of his parents anymore. Kobe used to be EXTREMELY close with his mom and dad.

Kobe told ESPN, "Our relationship is shit . . , I say [to them], 'I'm going to buy you a very nice home,' and the response is 'That's not good enough'?" Kobe then added, "Then you're selling my shit?"

Kobe is talking about a legal battle he had with his parents, who tried to auction off Kobe's childhood momentos - to raise cash.

Here's what is reporting:

His parents issued a statement after lawyers worked out a settlement allowing them to auction six items of memorabilia totaling $500,000, "We regret our actions and statements related to the Kobe Bryant auction memorabilia," the statement from Joe and Pamela Bryant read. "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."

Kobe says his sisters, Sharia and Shaya, have learned to accept that Kobe has removed money from his relationships with them. "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.

"It was tough for me to do," he says. There's pain in his voice, not anger. "But it's something you have to do, something you have to be very strong about."