Vanessa Bryant took challenge with a report by The Athletic that claimed Bulls star DeMar DeRozan can be the featured face of Kobe Bryant’s signature shoe line with Nike.
“False. He is not the face of the Kobe Line. No one is,” Vanessa wrote in a since-deleted Instagram remark in response to the information, per reports.
Sabrina Ionescu, a WNBA All-Star guard for the New York Liberty and a detailed good friend of the Bryant household, replied to Vanessa’s remark, writing, “perioddddddd,” with a clapping arms emoji.
Vanessa, 40, allegedly known as the report “misinformation” in a separate remark, in accordance to screengrabs from SideAction.com.
“LOVE that he’s a Kobe supporter but the caption is false,” Vanessa is claimed to have remarked of DeRozan, who has said the late Lakers legend was a “mentor” and “friend” of his.
“It’s misinformation. Only Kobe is the face of his line. If that changes in the future, then I’m sure Nike and I will release a statement announcing it,” Vanessa wrote, per the screenshots.
The comments haven’t been confirmed as of Wednesday.
The Athletic initially reported Monday that DeRozan is signing a brand new four-year deal with Nike that may “keep him as the featured face of Kobe Bryant’s iconic line.”
DeRozan has not but addressed the report publicly.
Vanessa announced in an Instagram post in March, that her late husband’s partnership with Nike would proceed. That got here after she severed the connection with Nike a month prior, saying in half that she “was hoping to forge a lifelong partnership with Nike that reflects my husband’s legacy.”
Bryant, who spent his complete 20-year NBA career with the Lakers, died tragically in a Jan. 2020 helicopter crash, together with the couple’s teenage daughter, Gianna “Gigi” Bryant, and 7 others.