Nike Reportedly Did Not Offer Kobe Bryant’s Estate Similar ‘Lifetime’ Contract Structure Given To LeBron James And Michael Jordan

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We’re beginning to learn about the fallout between Nike and Kobe Bryant’s estate.

On Monday, it was reported that “Nike and Kobe were done” after the two sides couldn’t come to an agreement to renew their recently expired contract.

ESPN’s Nick DePaula went on to reveal that there Bryant’s estate was not offered a similar “lifetime” contract structure given to LeBron James and Michael Jordan.


According to a source, Bryant and the estate had grown frustrated with Nike limiting the availability of Kobe product during his retirement and after his January 2020 death in a helicopter crash,” wrote DePaula. “There was also frustration with the lack of availability of Kobe footwear in kids sizes, according to sources.

“Nike, sources said, had presented an extension offer that was not in line with expectations of an ongoing ‘lifetime’ structure similar to the Nike Inc. contracts held by both Michael Jordan and LeBron James.”

Vanessa Bryant posted a statement regarding the contract situation in which she said she had hoped to forge “a lifelong partnership with Nike” that would honor her husband’s legacy.