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Nike Pulls Down Kobe Bryant Products Online Following Basketballer’s Tragic Death

Leading sports equipment brand Nike has pulled down products related to NBA legend Kobe Bryant after he tragically passed away in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

As of now, only a product in the form of a purple and yellow Nike gift card, featuring the logo of his NBA team, Los Angeles Lakers logo, is available on Nike’s official website.

Although they have yet to release an official statement on pulling the trainers and other merchandise, the brand did tweet the following:

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. Kobe has been signed with Nike since around 2003, and his famous Hyperdunk trainers were made even more famous due to their flashy advertisements.

One advert appeared to show Kobe wearing the Hyperdunks and jumping over a speeding Aston Martin (although whether this really happened has been debated).

No Kobe products – including the enduringly popular Zoom Kobe sneakers – are currently available on the Nike site, and it appears that Foot Locker have also followed suit, with styles appearing to be sold out completely.

In a more morbid turn, resale and marketplace sites such as StockX have seen the price of certain Kobe sneakers absolutely skyrocket in recent days. Pairs can be seen selling for thousands of pounds compared to the original RRP of roughly £100 a pair, with people clearly trying to capitalise on the tragedy.

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However, Nike released a statement, extending their deepest sympathies to those who were close to Bryant, especially his friends and family.

It also labeled him as the greatest athlete of his generation.

“He has had an immeasurable impact on the world of sports and the community of basketball. He was a beloved member of the Nike family. We will miss him greatly,” said Nike.

Twitter Post Nike remembers Bryant as ‘Mamba Forever’ Do you know? Bryant had compared his Nike association with Harry Potter’s Hogwarts

“I’m telling you, it was like when Harry Potter landed in Hogwarts. I’m always around a bunch of people who are competitive and just as competitive as I am or just as passionate about the sport as I am,” Bryant had said on Nike’s association.

Tragic death Bryant and his daughter tragically killed in helicopter crash

Bryant lost his life in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

His daughter, Gianna, who was merely 13 years old, also died.

In total, nine people perished after the private helicopter went up in flames after it crashed on the hills of Calabasas.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said the entire NBA family is devastated by the death of the 41-year-old.

Bryant’s records Some records held by Bryant

As for Bryant’s records:

Most offensive rebounds in an All-Star Game: 10

Youngest player to score 33,000 points: 37 years and 138 days

Youngest player to start a game: 18 years and 158 days

Only NBA player to score 600 points in the post-season for three successive years.

Oldest player to score 60+ points, one game: 37 years and 234 days

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