According to reports, Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving and the appeal company Nike and have parted ways. Irving was suspended as a Nike athlete after his controversy where he shared a film with antisemitic beliefs in them. While he has already returned to the Brooklyn Nets, he had not returned to Nike and now he will not. His shoes with Nike were some of the most popular signature shoes in the NBA. Irving is now free to sign another shoe deal with another company if he and another company decide to do that.
Kyrie Irving is no longer a Nike athlete, Nike spokesperson says. The sides have parted ways one month after Nike suspended its relationship with the Nets star. Irving has one of most popular signatures shoes in the NBA and is now a sneaker free agent.
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In the past few seasons, Kyrie Irving is no stranger to making headlines in the sports world. It is unclear if he plans to sign another shoe deal or the level of interest other companies have in him at this time. Nike co-founder Phile Knight was quoted saying the following in November: “Kyrie stepped over the line. It’s kind of that simple, so he made some statements that we just can’t abide by, and that’s why we ended the relationship. And yeah, I was fine with that.”
The relationship between Nike and Kyrie Irving has been on shaky ground for some time and this seemed to be the final straw that broke the relationship between the two sides. Irving also stated in the past he was unlikely to sign an extension with the company when his contract came up. We here at Def Pen Sports will report on his next shoe deal if and when he signs one.