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Vanessa Bryant Calls Out Nike After Gianna Tribute Shoe Surfaces Online Without Her Permission

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Vanessa Bryant is not happy after the footwear she envisioned as a tribute to her late daughter has appeared on-line. 

She took to social media on Wednesday, June 2 to react to somebody’s picture of a shoe Vanessa herself helped design for Gianna Bryant. Vanessa’s 13-year-old daughter died with Kobe Bryant—Vanessa’s husband and Gianna’s father—and 7 different people in a tragic helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.

“It is a shoe I labored on in honor of my daughter, Gianna,” Vanessa wrote on Instagram. “It was going to be known as the MAMBACITA shoe as an unique black and white colorway on her daddy’s footwear. I picked the colours in honor of her uniform, the quantity 2 she wore similar to her uniform, the within sample, Kobe and Gigi on the again in gold as a substitute of Kobe’s signature, the within shoe particulars (butterfly, wings, halo), and so on.”

She continued, “The MAMBACITA footwear are NOT authorized on the market. I needed it to be bought to honor my daughter with ALL of the proceeds benefitting our @mambamambacitasports basis however I didn’t re-sign the Nike contract to promote these footwear. (The MAMBACITA footwear weren’t authorized to be made within the first place.) Nike has NOT despatched any of those pairs to me and my ladies.”

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