Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa Bryant, has known as out Nike for releasing a sneaker in honor of her late daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, with out her permission.
Kobe and Gigi Bryant died in a helicopter crash in January 2020.
Earlier this yr, Vanessa took to social media to advertise the Gigi sneaker, saying the shoe was set for launch later this yr.
Nonetheless, she took to Instagram at this time, June 3, to name Nike out. She informed her followers that she did not authorize the Kobe 6 “Mambacita” sneaker on the market to the general public.
Vanessa wrote: “It is a shoe I labored on in honor of my daughter, Gianna. It was going to be known as the MAMBACITA shoe as an unique black and white colorway on her daddy’s footwear.”
After pictures of the prototype Gigi sneaker leaked on-line, Vanessa wrote: “Within the 2nd photograph, it seems somebody already has Gigi’s MAMBACITA shoe of their possession. If somebody can share how they’ve these footwear of their possession, that will be nice as a result of my daughters and I don’t have any of Gigi’s MAMBACITA footwear.”
She added: “Nike has not despatched any of those pairs to me and my ladies. I have no idea how another person has their palms on these footwear I designed in honor of my daughter, Gigi, and we do not. I hope these footwear don’t get bought.
Solely final month, Nike declined to re-sign a sneaker cope with the Kobe Bryant property