Change is afoot for the way forward for Kobe Bryant‘s shoe line. 

Nike has ended its contract with Vanessa Bryant and Kobe’s property following a protracted relationship with the late NBA legend, E! Information has realized. On Monday, April 19, the shoe firm issued an announcement to E! Information, confirming they’re parting methods.

“Kobe Bryant was an essential a part of Nike’s deep connection to customers,” learn the message. “He pushed us and made everybody round him higher. Although our contractual relationship has ended, he stays a deeply beloved member of the Nike household.”

Kobe, who died tragically in a helicopter crash with 13-year-old daughter Gianna and 7 different people on Jan. 26, 2020, first signed with Nike in 2003. He was a significant model consultant even after his NBA retirement in 2016. 

In December 2020, CBS Sports cited a tweet from entrepreneur Shervin Pishevar, who claimed Kobe informed him in December 2019 that the star supposed to maneuver on from Nike and launch his personal shoe line. E! Information has reached out to Vanessa for remark about this declare and has not heard again.