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CHRIS WEBBER CALLS TIME OUT ON NIKE SHOE DEAL
Published November 5, 1996
The Bullets Chris Webber has "severed ties" with Nike because he says the company "refuses" to lower the price of its basketball shoe named after him, according to Frank Hughes of the WASHINGTON TIMES. Webber's three-year deal with Nike recently ran out, and his agent, Fallasha Erwin, said that they would not negotiate a new deal because Nike "insisted" they continue to charge $140 for the CWebb shoe, more than any other sneaker on the market. Erwin said he and Webber disagree with Nike's idea to target inner-city youths in an attempt to begin buying trends that move to the suburbs. Erwin said they also didn't like the idea that the shoe could create violence between kids who had the shoe, and those who couldn't afford it. Webber: "How can I charge that [price] for my shoe when I speak to all those inner- city kids and preach to them? How can my shoe cost more than Michael Jordan's?" Nike had no comment. Erwin said with no contract, Nike cannot manufacture or sell the CWebb. Since the deal ran out, Webber has been wore Converse's All-Star 2000. Erwin has called Converse about an endorsement, but Converse has not called back. For now, Webber blackens out the logo (WASHINGTON TIMES, 11/5).