Nike has ended its longtime partnership with Kyrie Irving over an anti-Semitic scandal


There is Nike Kyrie turned Irving’s suspension into a breakup. And the overturned conclusion became a reality.

A month after Irving his association with Nike was terminated, now the sportswear giant has officially said goodbye to it. The news was first reported by The Athletic on Monday and confirmed to The Post by a source close to Irving.

The 30-year-old Nets star has one of the NBA’s most iconic shoes, but now that his contract with Brooklyn expires this summer, he’ll be not only a free agent, but also a shoeless agent in the sneaker wars. . Irving, a seven-time All-Star, averaged 24.4 points, 4.4 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 17 games.

The move ends an eight-year relationship between Irving and Nike. According to Forbes, he signed an $11 million contract with Nike in 2019. The apparel giant was set to release a new Kyrie 8, but announced that those plans have been scrapped after being dropped by Brooklyn last month.

Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles against the Celtics on Dec. 4, 2022.
Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) dribbles against the Celtics on Dec. 4, 2022.
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In October, Irving posted on social media a link to an anti-Semitic film. After he refused to apologize, the Nets a week later, he was fired On November 3rd for a minimum of five games without payment.

The next day, Nike announced it had suspended Irving.

“At Nike, we believe that hate speech has no place and condemn any form of anti-Semitism. “To that end, we have made the decision to immediately end our relationship with Kyrie Irving and will no longer be releasing the Kyrie 8,” Nike said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the situation and its impact on everyone.”

Nike founder Phil Knight went a step further on CNBC, saying that this next open fire is imminent.

Nets guard Kyrie Irving will play against the Raptors on December 2, 2022.
Nets guard Kyrie Irving will play against the Raptors on December 2, 2022.
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“Kyrie crossed the line. It’s simple. He made some statements that we just can’t abide and that’s why we ended the relationship. And I’m okay with that,” Knight said, adding, “I doubt we’ll go back. But I don’t know for sure.”

Nike itself has been criticized over the years for its use of sweatshops and forced labor in Asia. Boston star Jaylen Brown — who has supported Irving and, like his former Celtics teammate, is an NBPA vice president — ripped Nike on Twitter after Knight’s comments.

“Since when does Nike care about ethics?” Brown asked rhetorically.

Irving returned from his suspension with the Nets on November 20. He has played nine games since his return and had an 18-point game against the Browns and the Celtics on Sunday.

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