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Nike Reveals Why It Dropped Soccer Star

Neymar refused to cooperate with sexual assault investigation

(Newser) - Nike has revealed why it cut ties with one of the world's biggest sport superstars when he had more than a year left on his contract. The company said in a statement to CNN Thursday that it dropped Brazilian soccer player Neymar because he "refused to cooperate in...

Vanessa Bryant, Kobe Estate Won't Renew Nike Contract

The legendary Laker's widow reportedly wanted it to be easier for kids to get shoes

(Newser) - Vanessa Bryant and the estate of her late husband, Kobe Bryant, won’t renew a contract with Nike. Bryant told ESPN Monday night she was hoping for a lifelong partnership with the shoe giant. Kobe’s shoes were groundbreaking—low-top sneakers were not common in the NBA—and releases sell...

These Old Sneakers Are About to Break a Sotheby's Record

Nike Air Yeezy 1 prototypes worn by Kanye West at 2008 Grammys set to sell for $1 million

(Newser) - If you saw them thrown in the corner of a bedroom, you'd think these black size 12 sneakers were just any old pair of Nikes. Instead, they've just become Sotheby's most expensive shoe listing ever, set to be auctioned off this month for more than $1 million,...

Nike Reaches Settlement in 'Satan Shoes' Suit

Voluntary recall issued for 'unauthorized' shoes

(Newser) - A voluntary recall has been issued for the " Satan Shoes " rapper Lil Nas X and streetwear company MSCHF released last month—though since the limited-edition shoes are being sold for up to $15,000 on eBay, few buyers are likely to seek the $1,018 refund. Nike sued...

Thanks to Lawsuit, Just 665 Pairs of 'Satan Shoes' Shipped

MSCHF drops plans to give away 666th pair due to Nike lawsuit

(Newser) - Fortunately for the 665 people who paid $1,018 each for a pair of "Satan Shoes," MSCHF had already shipped out their orders before Nike filed its lawsuit against the company . Of course, 666 pairs of the controversial shoes—modified Nikes on which MSCHF collaborated with rapper Lil...

Nike Sues Over Lil Nas X 'Satan Shoes'

Company says only it can decide where the 'swoosh' goes

(Newser) - First, Nike made it clear it had nothing to do with Lil Nas X's "Satan Shoes," the modified Nike Air Max 97s that sold out in less than one minute when 666 pairs went on sale Monday for $1,018 each. Now, the company is taking things...

Nike Exec Resigns After Report on Son's Business

Joe Hebert resells sneakers for a profit, and mom Ann Hebert was a company VP

(Newser) - A top Nike exec with the company 25 years is out of a job amid a controversy involving her entrepreneurial teenage son. His business: reselling sneakers. Ann Hebert, the company's VP and general manager of North America, resigned Monday after Bloomberg Businessweek came out with a feature about her...

Brady Covers Nike Logo During Super Bowl Celebration

Under Armour endorser pulls a 'reverse Michael Jordan'

(Newser) - Tom Brady hoisted the Vince Lombardi trophy for a record seventh time Sunday—but he wasn't so swept away by the moment that he forgot about his sponsors. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback appeared to cover up a Nike logo on his undershirt after he noticed it while taking...

Nike Japan Ad Garners Praise and Outrage

The video explores racism and bullying in Japan

(Newser) - Another day, another controversy—this one brought to you by Nike Japan. A video posted on the company's Twitter feed shows three teenage girls of different backgrounds facing discrimination or bullying. One is Japanese, one Korean, and one has a Black father and Japanese mother. Each faces unique challenges...

Kaepernick Jersey Honoring Protest Sells Out in Seconds

No. 7 represents 'something greater than football,' quarterback posts

(Newser) - Fans and supporters could buy a new commemorative Colin Kaepernick jersey on Thursday—if they were really, really fast. Nike sold out online in less than a minute, CBS reports. The all-black, No. 7 jersey marks the fourth anniversary of the first time the former quarterback took a knee during...

NFL Team Takes Step Toward New Name

Owner has said it would never happen, but brands have told Washington to make a change

(Newser) - After decades of saying they'll never change a team name considered by many to be a slur against Native Americans, the Washington Redskins announced Friday they'll reconsider. People familiar with the team's talks with NFL officials, including Commissioner Roger Goodell, said a process is being set up...

Someone Just Paid $560K for These Sneakers

They were Air Jordan 1s from way back in 1985

(Newser) - Hurting for cash and hating the rich? Then really, don't read this—because someone just snagged a pair of Michael Jordan game-worn sneakers for $560,000, CNN reports. Sotheby's auctioned off the 1985 mid-tops Sunday, more than tripling the $150,000 estimate and dethroning the Nike 1972 "...

Avenatti Found Guilty of Attempt to Extort Nike
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Michael Avenatti Found Guilty

Disgraced lawyer convicted of trying to extort Nike, faces long jail sentence

(Newser) - Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing a porn star in lawsuits involving President Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort Nike, per the AP . The verdict was returned Friday by a federal jury in Manhattan following a three-week trial in which prosecutors said Avenatti threatened...

Nike Nailed It With These Shoes—and That's a Problem

The Vaporfly is helping marathon runners break records

(Newser) - Some shoes aren't just good, they're too good—which has World Athletics seeking a response to Nike's Vaporfly sneakers, Quartz reports. The governing body of track and field knows these shoes are helping runners set marathon records, but what to do? The Times of London reports a...

Prosecutors: Avenatti $15M in Debt at Time of Nike Extortion

Stormy Daniels' ex-attorney calls the claim 'absurd'

(Newser) - Prosecutors say California attorney Michael Avenatti was over $15 million in debt when he tried to extort up to $25 million from Nike, while Avenatti's lawyers say the money he legally requested to conduct an internal probe of the sportswear giant was a bargain. Both sides made the assertions...

Kaepernick Finally Lands a (Massively) Scoring Gig

His Nike sneakers with a message sell out in a day

(Newser) - Colin Kaepernick hasn't played in the NFL since Barack Obama was president, but he is still a massive hit with Nike customers. The company's " Air Force 1 x Colin Kaepernick " shoe quickly sold out online after hitting the market Monday, though some stores might still have...

More Nike Athletes Speak Out on Weight 'Obsession'

Amy Yoder Begley says she was told she had 'the biggest butt on the starting line'

(Newser) - Nike says it had no prior knowledge of elite runner Mary Cain's claims that she developed osteoporosis, broke five bones, missed her period for three years, and began having suicidal thoughts as Oregon Project coach Alberto Salazar pushed her to lose weight, per the Guardian . But it says it...

'Fastest Girl in America' Calls Out Nike
Star Runner
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Star Runner Calls Out Nike in Damning Op-Ed

Mary Cain says company's track and field program is physically and emotionally abusive

(Newser) - "I was the fastest girl in America," Mary Cain recalls in a video op-ed for the New York Times . But her message isn't one of fond recollection. Cain, now 23, delivers a devastating critique of Nike, whose training program she joined as a teenager . Her dream at...

Athletes With 'Courage' Talked. Now, a Coaching Legend Banned

Alberto Salazar booted from track and field for 4 years over Nike-bankrolled doping experiments

(Newser) - Alberto Salazar was so excited in 2011 about the performance-enhancing supplement L-carnitine that he sent an email to none other than Lance Armstrong. "Lance, call me asap!" Salazar wrote. "We have tested it, and it's amazing." Salazar was prepping to infuse the supplement into his...

Rare Nike Sneakers Sell for Jaw-Dropping Amount

The 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat Moon Shoes fetched nearly triple what they were expected to

(Newser) - A Canadian collector really, really wanted this pair of rare Nike sneakers: The 1972 Nike Waffle Racing Flat Moon Shoes sold at auction this week for a record-breaking $437,500, nearly three times the price they were predicted to fetch, the BBC reports. The shoes were the final pair from...

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