Giannis Antetokounmpo Explains Why He Walked From Adidas To Sign With Nike

Giannis Antetokounmpo Explains Why He Walked From Adidas To Sign With Nike

Brotherly love kept Giannis Antetokounmpo from signing a sneaker deal with the Adidas brand. In a recent podcast, the “Greek Freak” admitted that due to Adidas not having a contract for his brother, Thanasis, he declined to sign with them and instead went to Nike where they were glad to include his brother in a deal.

According to The Bleacher Report, on a recent episode of Thanalysis Show, older brother, Giannis explains why he chose to sign with Nike instead of the first sneaker company that he sat down with, Adidas. The rep assured the Milwaukee Buck player that they would also sign Thanasis if Giannis signed on the dotted line. But, when the contract was presented to him, there wasn’t one for his brother, which, in Giannis’ eyes was a deal breaker.

“He brought the contract and put it in front of me, and I’m like, ‘Okay great, where is my brother’s?'” Antetokounmpo said. “And he was like ‘We’re not going to sign your brother’s today. You’re going to sign yours and then we’re going to bring your brother in a week to sign his.’ And I was like, ‘Uh uh, no thank you.'”

When he met with the rep, knowing that his family needed money, he would have been willing to sign anything, but, his brother needed to be included and that was the only way that signature would have been attached to that contract.

Yet, when he took the same proposal to Nike, insisting that he and his brother were a package deal, the rep was on board with that plan.

“It was my turn to speak and I said that it’s important for me for it to be a family thing,” Antetokounmpo insisted. “When you take me, you take my family, my brother, my mom. And she was like, ‘Yeah, sure, whatever.’ After that, we’ve been with Nike and she’s been by our side ever since.”

Giannis Antetokounmpo Explains Why He Walked From Adidas To Sign With Nike

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