Nike became the second endorsement home for Kobe Bryant and helped expand his stardom across the world. After issuing an official statement on the sudden and tragic passing of Kobe, his daughter Gianna, and seven others, Nike has decided to pull all Kobe-related products from their website in an attempt to deter resalers from profiting off of these unfortunate circumstances.
At the time this article was published, a search of "Kobe" on the Nike website renders only Lakers themed gift cards.
Read Nike's official statement on the death of Kobe Bryant below:
Along with millions of athletes and fans throughout the world, we are devastated by today’s tragic news. We extend our deepest sympathies to those closest to Kobe and Gianna, especially their family and friends.
As we are learning more details of the accident and the others who have tragically lost their lives, our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone involved and impacted.
Kobe was one of the greatest athletes of his generation and has had an immeasurable impact on the world of sport and the community of basketball. He was a beloved member of the Nike family. We will miss him greatly. Mamba forever.