Report: Nike cuts shoe ties with Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving

by Jacob Fuller


Nike Inc has cut ties with Kyrie Irving, a month after suspending its relationship with the Brooklyn Nets star in the aftermath of his sharing a link on social media to an allegedly anti-Semitic documentary, The Athletic reported on Monday.

Irving faced heavy criticism after he posted a link to the 2018 documentary film titled, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” on Twitter in late October and later defended the post. The seven-time All-Star has since deleted the post and apologized.

Nike did not immediately respond to a request for comment on The Athletic’s report. Irving could not be immediately reached for comment.

The sportswear giant in November canceled its next Irving-branded shoe release. Several media outlets have reported the sneaker deal to be worth $11 million, but Reuters could not confirm that.

Irving returned to play for The Nets last month, ending a team-imposed eight-game suspension.

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