Kobe Bryant auctioning off his mask

As soon as he could, Kobe Bryant ditched the plastic mask.

He couldn’t right away. Bryant needed it to protect his broken nose and relieve pain after suffering a concussion during the 2012 NBA All-Star game. Even if he scored 342 points through 11 games while wearing the gear, Bryant sounded eager to ditch it after describing wearing the mask as “like a sauna on my face.”

Bryant then joked he would donate it to “see if anybody is dumb enough to buy that sweaty mask.” Well, there’s been 48 so-called “dumb” Bryant fans who have placed bids on eBay. The current bidding sits at $3,250 with five days remaining, and 100% of the proceeds will go toward the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation’s efforts to reduce homelessness in Los Angeles.

The mask would make for a great Halloween costume. But just don’t expect it to transform anyone into suddenly scoring at Bryant’s prolific rate. Make sure to clean it too.


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