Sneaker giant says it didn’t remove Kobe Bryant sneakers or merchandise from its website
A Nike spokesman said on Tuesday that the merchandise had sold out and clarified the company didn’t remove Kobe Bryant products or ask retailers to send them back. Several media outlets earlier reported Nike pulled the items to thwart buyers seeking to resell them at higher prices.
Mr. Bryant, who died Sunday in a helicopter crash, was one of Nike’s biggest basketball stars after it signed him to an endorsement contract in 2003. Even after his 2016 retirement from the NBA, Nike continued to release signature Kobe sneakers.
In its message, Nike said, “He was a beloved member of the Nike family. We will miss him greatly.”
Mr. Bryrant’s signature sneakers are still widely available on many other retail sites, including sneaker reselling marketplaces like StockX. His Los Angeles Lakers jerseys are still available for sale on many outlets, including the NBA’s online store.
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