Nike has responded to rumors it has suspended sales of Kobe Bryant merchandise following the sudden death of the NBA legend. Rumors suggested the move was made to deter dealers from profiting from the tragedy, but this has now been debunked. Talk to Forbes, a Nike spokesperson revealed that the company did not sell products, it was out of stock.
After the sale of products related to Kobe Bryant, Nike replaced them with a tribute page. âKobe was one of the greatest athletes of his generation and had an immeasurable impact on the sports world and the basketball community. He was a beloved member of the Nike family. He will be sorely missed. Mamba forever. “
According to reports, a new colourway of Bryant’s Kobe 5 Protro sneaker was due to launch on February 7, 2020, and Nike is reassessing whether to continue or delay the release. Several dealers have also said they will not sell Bryant’s products. While StockX has pledged to donate all profits from sales of Kobe-related products this week to the Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. For now, it’s unclear how Nike will proceed, keep it here for more updates.