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LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates after the Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game Seven of the 2010 NBA Finals at Staples Center on June 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

In an effort to keep unscrupulous sellers from making money off the death of Kobe Bryant, Nike has pulled the NBA superstar’s branded products off their website.

The sports apparel company wants to prevent stockpiling of the gear, which could then be turned over to the secondary market at overly inflated prices.

According to ESPN, a search for Kobe items at turns up a purple and gold gift card bearing the Lakers logo.

Nike had planned to release a new version of the Kobe 5 Protro in the coming weeks, but sources tell the network that it’s unknown what will now be done.


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