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     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
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