Kobe Bryant’s high school uniform has been returned.
The jersey was acquired by Liu Zhe, a 28-year-old self-proclaimed Kobe fanatic from Harbin, China, in October 2018 after it resurfaced some 6,300 miles from where it was last seen in Ardmore, Pennsylvania. Liu said he purchased it to add to the Kobe collection that he keeps in his home in the capital city of Heilongjiang province.
According to ESPN.com, Bryant’s jersey ended up halfway around the world after being bought for around $2,000 by China resident Liu Zhe.
Liu then agreed to send the jersey back to the states after talking with representatives from the high school. He received no money in exchange for the returned item.
“We reached out to Bian and said, ‘I think that this guy may be demanding a meeting with Kobe, but maybe it’s getting lost in translation,'” Lower Merion assistant coach Doug Young told ESPN. “So Bian, our friend from China, became kind of the intermediary in all of this.”
The school received the jersey last week and the Lower Merion Police Department confirmed it was on the replica jerseys that the school made after the #33 was retired.
Finally we can all get some rest.
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