Stephon Marbury continued to plug what he promises will be a comeback of his Starbury shoe line by slamming Michael Jordan for the violence that has surrounded the release of his shoes in the past. The former NBA guard turned China star replied to one social media user who wrote that they chose Marbury’s shoes, which sold for $15 at the now defunct Steve and Barry’s, over Jordan’s shoes.
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The poster says that he’s a retired Nike employee of 30 years and gathered all these Michael Jordan goodies from years of working closely with the man. Unsurprisingly, he’s asking a small fortune for the stuff he’s got. He concludes the post with, “if you don’t have $50k to offer don’t waste your time or mine.”
A little more than a month after vanquishing the Dominick’s supermarket chain in a high-profile court battle, basketball great Michael Jordan is in settlement talks with Jewel-Osco for a similar allegedly unauthorized use of his name in a 2009 issue of Sports Illustrated.
Lawyers for Jordan and Jewel on Wednesday morning confirmed that they are discussing a possible deal during their first appearance in court since the mammoth $8.9 million judgment against Dominick’s Aug. 21.
The partnership between Nike and Michael Jordan has grown into the richest deal in sports marketing history — disputed history, it turns out, more than 30 years after their courtship. “It’s a lot of people who think they created the success of the Jordan Brand, which is kind of ironic in some ways,” Jordan told USA TODAY Sports.
“The signing of Michael Jordan, yeah, success has a thousand fathers and failure is an orphan,” Knight told USA TODAY Sports in his first sit-down interview since announcing he will step down as Nike’s chairman next year. “A lot of people want to take credit for signing Michael Jordan, most obviously Sonny Vaccaro. On ESPN he said he was the key to the thing. Sonny helped, but he wasn’t the MVP in that process.”