Suspended then reinstated by the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving will lose one of his main sponsors. According to journalist Shams Charania (The Athletic), Nike and the Nets point guard have decided to part ways. The equipment manufacturer had suspended its collaboration with the 2016 NBA champion – in the Cleveland jersey – in early November, at the start of the controversy over Irving’s promotion of an anti-Semitic film. He had apologized on November 16 and has since been able to play nine games with the New York franchise.
But the co-founder of the comma brand, Phil Knight, had publicly expressed his doubts about his company being associated with Irving again. ” I don’t think we can go back. It’s that simple. He had statements that we cannot endorse », he said on November 10 on CNBCdays after seeing Nike suspend its collaboration with the leader and cancel the launch of the Kyrie 8, its new signature shoe.
According to ESPN, Irving, under contract with Nike since 2011 and the beginning of his NBA career, received around $ 11 million annually from the equipment manufacturer.