Update 01/28/2020 7:49pm:
After initial reports stated that Nike pulled Kobe Bryant-related products from their online store in an attempt to deter resalers from profiting off Kobe's untimely death, the Wall Street Journal now reports that Nike simply sold out of Mamba gear. The story of Nike pulling the products was originally reported by ESPN on Monday (Jan. 27) before reporter Nick DePaula could update the story. According to Yahoo Sports, a Nike spokesperson confirmed with DePaula that the company did indeed sell out of merch from Kobe's signature line prior to pulling anything from the shelves.
Nike is still mulling over how to handle the sale of Kobe's signature line moving forward.
Original 01/27/2020 10:06pm:
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.