zapatilla air max Vaulter After He Puts Tape Over Logo
Nike withdrew its offer to sponsor a top American pole vaulter this week after he placed tape over the company’s swoosh logo on his shoes during a recent competition.
The pole vaulter, Brad Walker, who holds the United States record in the event, said he was not taking a swipe at Nike but was making sure that a Velcro strap stayed tight, an adjustment he said he had frequently made in the past.
“Big no no,” Walker wrote in a Facebook post Thursday. “I am no longer a Nike athlete because while trying to use one of their products, I had to use tape to hold together a shoe that shouldn’t break down within 6 months.”
Walker had been negotiating a sponsorship contract with Nike for some time, but he said he was not satisfied with the size of the offer.
Walker said he regularly put tape on his shoes to improve the grip during his approach, as he did at the world track and field championships in Moscow this week. Over the years, Walker said, he has complained about the lack of Velcro stickiness on his shoes, particularly when the shoes get chalk dust on them.
Walker, who trains in Arizona, finished fourth at the world championships, with 5.82 meters. He won gold at the world championships in Osaka, Japan, in 2007.
He said he went public about the Nike conflict to bring attention to the financial challenges facing track and field athletes. He said he planned to go on eBay and sell all of his Nike clothing and shoes Olympic jackets, vault spikes, training shoes and more.