Nike reportedly ended relationship with Kyrie Irving and won’t release any more signature shoes


Nike also said it would no longer release Irving’s new shoe, the Kyrie 8.

American multinational corporation that is engaged in the design, development, manufacture and worldwide marketing and sale of footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories and services, Nike announced on Friday night that he had suspended his relationship with the Brooklyn Nets star effective immediately. Nike also said it would no longer release Irving’s new signature shoe, the Kyrie 8.

Nike also said it would no longer release Irving’s new shoe, the Kyrie 8. The shoe, Irving’s eighth with the company, was due for release Nov. 8.

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“At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn all forms of anti-Semitism,” Nike said in a prepared statement. “We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the situation and its impact on everyone,” per ESPN.

Irving’s deal with Nike was originally set to expire on October 1, 2023. His signing line with Nike, which he has had since 2014, is one of Nike’s most lucrative current player streaks in recent years, behind only LeBron James’ signing streak. Irving’s shoes are also among the most worn in the league.

Irving, 30, was suspended by the Nets on Thursday night for at least five games without pay after failing to formally apologize for his position and failing to state whether he held anti-Semitic beliefs.

Irving apologized in an Instagram post later that evening, writing in part, “To all Jewish families and communities who are hurt and affected by my post, I am deeply sorry for causing you pain and I ‘excuse.”

On Friday night, several players wore Kyrie-branded shoes. Going forward, it remains to be seen if Nike will ask current athletes to stop wearing past Kyrie sneakers in games.

According NBC Sports, Hours after being suspended by the Nets, Irving finally posted an apology on Instagram.

“To all Jewish families and communities who are hurt and affected by my message, I am deeply sorry for causing you pain, and I apologize,” Irving wrote on Instagram. “I initially reacted out of emotion at being unfairly labeled an anti-Semite, instead of focusing on the healing process for my Jewish brothers and sisters who were hurt by the hate speech in the documentary.

“I want to clear up any confusion about my position in the fight against anti-Semitism by apologizing for posting the documentary without context and a factual explanation outlining the specific beliefs in the documentary with which I agreed and with which I disagreed. I had no intention of disrespecting any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuating hatred.”

Irving signed with Nike in 2011 after being selected No. 1 overall in the NBA draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has had a signature shoe line with the company since 2014.

As of Friday night, previous editions of Irving’s shoes were still available for purchase on Nike’s website.

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Sources: ESPN, NBC Sports, Complex

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