Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 4:07 pm  |  23 responses

Gortat Looking for Some New Kicks

Marcin Gortat, a man who famously sports a Jordan Brand tatoo on his calf, will no longer be receiving care packages from Reebok. As CNBC reports: “During the NBA Finals, Gortat disclosed that executives with the adidas-owned Reebok brand asked that Gortat cover up the Air Jordan tattoo on his calf since that brand is owned by competitor Nike. Gortat refused, saying that Reebok wasn’t paying him enough. The truth of the matter is they weren’t paying him anything. While Reebok did provide free gear to Gortat, “at no time did Reebok have a contract” with him, said Tom Shine, Reebok’s senior vice president of sports and entertainment marketing.”

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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    If they don’t have a contract, then what was the point of all this?

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com Eboy

    First European Jordan Brand NBA endorser?

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    I co-sign with niQ here. If they didn’t have a contract, they shouldn’t even be asking him that.

  • http://www.theconverseblog.com James

    Converse should sign him, that way they could sign someone away who was “inked” with Jordan.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Tzvi Twersky

    Comment of the day goes to James. (who happens to have a Converse blog.)

  • JL

    wow that jordan tat looks kinda like jordan nowadays… out of shape!

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    So he didn’t have a contract but was receiving free gear? What is this, friends with benefits?
    His new kicks better be okay with him touching other brands.

  • rob stewart

    Reeboks are whack

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Wow. Someone besides AI was rocking Reeboks in the L? Who knew?

  • Aewe

    The first European Jordan Brand NBA endorser was Mike Pietrus a few years ago…

  • vic21

    @Brad: Yao also wears reeboks didn’t/doesn’t he?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    @Brad…the Reebok ‘slip-in’ Loafer pumps great for sitting around the bench, enduring injuries and eating the head.

  • slamfan4life

    Him and James Johnson both have an AJ tattoo, why? Idk…

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    dude that has got to be the worse air jordan tat ever! EVER

  • http://IJustWantMyNameToLookBig.com Chukaz

    The tat looks freakin’ fat dawg. I think that was air shaq haha

  • badnewzb8ller

    lol at air shaqs

  • Chris

    It’s actually a tat of himself.

  • riggs

    why would he get air pun on his calf?

  • tk

    MJ: “Did he go to college? Trade school at least? I’m aint inkin him!”

  • Wdavid

    @JL: Good point, he should get his money back for that ink.

  • http://slamonline.com Chris O’Leary

    His Air Jordan tatt is just a little plump in the middle. Maybe he wanted a more realistic representation of the average basketball fan inked on him.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Is he known as the Michael Jordan of Poland? or even Air Poland? Not really, so there you go. He could just go buy Jordan’s from retail and wear them in games like Steven Jax did, I guess. But then SLAM + Steven Jax’s shoe in the latest Issue, damn great looking shoe. Red Suede/Black patent, metal tipped laces. Not for sale, but maybe there’s extras to use for a SLAM contest?!

  • http://slamonline.com MiguelKG5

    Man Gortat is a good player but he should stick with jordan or else he will just use converse. LOL