Unhappy with the Nike Zoom Flight 96 sneaker inspired by Allen Iverson in Philadelphia 76ers colors with his #3 on each shoe, Allen Iverson and his lawyer have successfully had the “tribute” shoe cancelled, according to AP. As part of the 1996 Draft Pack collection, also containing a shoe inspired by Kobe Bryant in a Lakers colorway, AI claimed that Nike unrightfully created a shoe with his identity attached to it without permission or monetary compensation.
“Nike is clearly trying to use Allen Iverson’s celebrity status and persona to promote Nike’s shoes,” his attorney Derek Challenger said. “There’s no other No. 3 that played for the 76ers that came out of the 1996 draft. For Nike to use his status to sell shoes, and not get his permission, to not compensate him, is bad business.” (Source: AP)
Even though the “Allen Iverson” Zoom Flight 96 has already hit various retailers across the globe, Nike has agreed to pull the shoe from this point on. Sound off in the comments below if you think Iverson was right to get the shoe cancelled, and let us know if you’ll be trying to grab a pair of the Zoom Flight 96 before they disappear completely.
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