LA Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, has been tried to figure how Nike produced her daughter Gianna’s shoes without her permission by sharing a statement on Instagram.
Vanessa Bryant hinted at a contentious breakup with Nike in a statement following the news that Kobe Bryant’s estate chose not to renew its partnership with the brand.
Vanesa Bryant posted to Instagram on Wednesday a photo of a pair of shoes made by Nike of her daughter Gianna, who died with her father Kobe, and tried to understand how Nike produced without her permission.
Vanessa detailed the model of the Mambacita shoes she designed before ending her contract with Nike and explained how she designed it. Vanessa requested an explanation from Nike, as the shoe in the photo had a similar look.
Here’s what Vanessa Bryant stated:
“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 z 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. The MAMBACITA shoes are NOT approved for sale.
I wanted it to be sold to honor my daughter with ALL of the proceeds benefitting our @mambamambacitasports 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.
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. @nike.”
See the Instagram post below.