Marcus Jordan, the 18 year-old son of the legendary Michael Jordan, is a college basketball player for the University of Central Florida who has been involved in a major controversy because of the shoes he wears in court.
The UCF allowed Marcus to wear his father’s Nike Air Jordan brand for the Knights’ basketball team this season but they have exclusive $1.9 million contract with adidas that requires all coaches and athletes to use the company’s shoes, apparel and game equipment.
“When I was being recruited, we talked about it,” said Marcus Jordan, who led Young to the 4A title last season. “They said they had talked to the adidas people and it wasn’t going to be a problem. I think everybody understands how big of a deal it is for my family.”
“It’s a level of importance with the Jordan Brand and my family,” he said. “It’s no disrespect to adidas. I have a high level of respect for adidas, but I’m going to be wearing Jordan shoes. I’m wearing the adidas uniform and all my other UCF gear is adidas, but the shoes are going to be Jordan Brand.”
The problem is adidas officials claim they never reached an agreement with UCF about Marcus’ shoes so this has strained their contractual relationship and will possibly complicated the current contract renewal negotiations.