Sneakers Rumors

Call it a promotional stunt gone awry. Footwear giant Nike has been fined €67,500, the equivalent of roughly $75,000, for putting an oversized Tony Parker France national team jersey on a statue of Winston Churchill to commemorate Les Bleus’ qualifications for the 2011 European Championships. Sculptor Jean Cardot sued Nike and a promotional company for defiling his work, and failing to ask for permission. A French court ruled last month that Nike had used the statue for commercial purposes in violation of Cardot’s rights. Unveiled in 1998, the statue is located on Winston Churchill Avenue near the Champs-Elysée in Paris. It is one of the few statues in France that doesn’t depict a French national.
via San Antonio Express-News
The video may have only been 54 seconds long, but a lot happened in it. First, there’s Wall, saying that he’s going to give us “the very first exclusive look” of his JWall 2’s, the second edition of his signature shoe. Next, the All-Star pans to his left hand, where he’s holding a pristine white sneaker, and gives a couple of prolonged “Oooh’s” as he presents the shoe to the world’s eye for the first time. Wall then says the JWall 2’s don’t officially drop until the fall, but this is where the surprise comes in. “I’m gonna sign and hide this pair somewhere,” he says. “I’ll let you know on Twitter where I drop ’em at. Peace out, now ya’ll go find it.”