Nike Stops Selling Kobe Products

Zachary Martinez

On January 26, 2020 Kobe and his daughter GiGi  passed away in a fatal Helicopter Crash in Calabasas, CA. While many mourn his death, unfortunately people have taken advantage of his legacy by buying his shoes or using old pairs and reselling them in order to make profit off of his death. In order to stop that, most popular shoe websites have stopped selling Kobe Bryant’s products in order to stop people from profiting off of the star’s death. When shoppers go to look for Kobe’s shoes on these websites, they are now directed to a statement from one of the companies about the star’s death.

The decision was made by thwart buyers who could possibly “resell” the gear at super high prices. Bryant has been a Nike athlete since 2003 and was one of the most important endorsers to Nike for 17 years. Nike and Kobe have released 10 Kobe shoes together and have made some of the most popular shoes. Many people feel its okay to still sell Kobe’s shoes in stores, but there is no reason to go and sell his shoes for Ten times more than they were before he died. On the Nike website, they call Kobe “one of the greatest athletes of his generation.”

Kobe was one of the influential athletes ever and we will all remember his impact, in the words of LeBron, “In the words of Kobe Bryant,’Mamba Out’, But in the words of us, ‘ Not Forgotten’, Live on brother.”

Here are some other quotes from Nike’s website:

“One of the greatest athletes of his generation.”

“We extend our deepest sympathies to those closest to Kobe, especially his family.”

“He was a beloved member of the Nike family, We will miss him greatly, Mamba Forever.”