Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna died tragically in a helicopter crash in January 2020. Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Bryant’s widow, has demanded answers from Nike who appears to be selling shoes she designed in her daughter’s honor.
Bryant posted her argument over Instagram since the shoe was not authorized for the athletics company to sell. She also went on to explain the situation along with the photos of the people who have already worn the shoes.
“This is a shoe I worked on in honor of my daughter, Gianna. It was going to be called the MAMBACITA shoe as an exclusive black and white colorway on her daddy’s shoes. I picked the colors in honor of her uniform, the number 2 she wore just like her uniform, the inside pattern, Kobe and Gigi on the back in gold instead of Kobe’s signature, the inside shoe details (butterfly, wings, halo), etc.,” Bryant wrote. “The MAMBACITA shoes are NOT approved for sale. I wanted it to be sold to honor my daughter with ALL of the proceeds benefiting our [Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation but I did not re-sign the Nike contract and decided not to sell these shoes. (The MAMBACITA shoes were not approved to be made in the first place.)
“Nike has NOT sent any of these pairs to me and my girls,” Bryant continued. “I do not know how someone else has their hands on shoes I designed in honor of my daughter, Gigi and we don’t. I hope these shoes did not get sold.”
Bryant also demanded that “someone can share how they have these shoes in their possession,” since she and her daughters do not have their own pairs.
Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, were killed in a helicopter accident early last year. The National Transportation Safety Board investigated the crash and determined the pilot became disoriented in the bad weather, causing the crash that killed nine people.