Nike-brand sneakers tend to be considerably more expensive than other-brand sneakers, so if ever you hear us say “Buying Nikes is a bad idea,” we mean that specifically from a financial-prudence angle: if you need new sneakers, there's better uses for your money than paying a high premium markup for a shoe with a trademarked swoosh logo on it.
That swoosh makes the sneakers pricier than most but surely does nothing to make the sneakers more dangerous, despite the claims of Sirgiorgio Clardy, currently serving a 100-year prison sentence for various brutal violent crimes, including repeatedly jumping on a man's face.
Clardy wore Nike Air Jordans at the time – a detail not mentioned in original news accounts of Clardy's trial and conviction, due to its utter irrelevance – but Clardy, while serving as his own attorney, has also produced a handwritten lawsuit seeking $100 million in damages from Nike because their sneakers don't come with labels warning that they might be a deadly weapon.
As Clardy wrote: “Under product liability there is a certain standard of care that is required to be upheld by potentially dangerous product … Do (sic) to the fact that these defendants named in this Tort claim failed to warn of risk or to provide an adequate warning or instruction it has caused personal injury in the likes of mental suffering.”
Nike was quoted as saying it had not seen the suit and had no comment.