REPORT: Vanessa Bryant Doesn’t Renew Nike Contract, ‘Kobe & Nike Are Done’
Kobe Bryant’s long-standing association with Nike is reportedly done.
According to ESPN’s NBA sneaker expert Nick DePaula — Vanessa Bryant did not renew her late husband’s contract with Nike, and that the partnership is “done.”
Nike did not have a comment for this story.
Bryant inked a deal with Adidas at the start of his professional career in 1996 and signed to Nike in 2003. The Lakers legend appeared in countless advertisements and releasing over 11 signature sneakers.
It was recently rumored that Kobe was planning to leave Nike prior to his passing and start his own shoe company.
Update, Nike releases statement: