Coach K Admits Duke Shoe Contract With Payless ShoeSource May Have Been Bad Idea
This week, Duke University lost to rival North Carolina. But that wasn’t the big story of the basketball game. During the first few seconds, national sensation Zion Williamson fell to the ground injured after making a normal move. What caused his fall was his shoe falling apart at the sole. In fact, the entire sole of his shoe peeled back.
This was embarrassing, not only to Nike, who pays millions of dollars to have top universities wear its apparel, but also to Duke University. The shoe giant is in heavy competition with Adidas, Reebok and others for airtime. Whenever the team is playing, the cameras are on and tens of millions of viewers are checking out their shoes, jerseys, etc. That also means when there is an apparel malfunction, tens of millions of fans see that as well.
An initial investigation led to a quick admission by Coach Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) that Duke had actually side-stepped Nike in negotiations and gone with another source for their basketball shoes. “We had been with Nike for a long time. We were pleased with their shoes. But last year we were approached by a representative of Payless ShoeSource. They are a popular outlet for discounted family shoes, and we were trying to be more family friendly. So we signed a deal with them.”
This coach of one of the most prestigious academic institutions of America should have done his homework. “It turned out to be a less than ideal deal. How was I supposed to know that Payless would go bankrupt this year? How was I supposed to know that they didn’t carry actual Nike products, but a knock-off brand called ‘Nicky’? They had the same swoosh logo on the side. But I’ll tell you what, when Zion went down the other night, I did have second thoughts about that deal.”
A spokesperson for Duke admitted that their Divinity School also employs faculty members that do not believe the Bible. “This is an embarrassing day for our institution. Not only do we use cheap shoes with poorly crafted soles, we use cheap theology to poorly care for souls.”