Nike suspends relationship with Kyrie Irving; will not release the Kyrie 8 sneaker

The fallout from Kyrie Irving’s post promoting an anti-Semitic documentary continued Friday night as Nike announced it had suspended its relationship with the Nets point guard and said it would no longer be launching the Kyrie 8 sneaker.

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

Irving was suspended for at least five games by the Nets on Thursday night. Hours later, he apologized to all ‘Jewish families and communities’ late at night Instagram post days after the promotion of a anti-Semitic documentary on his social networks.

“While researching YHWH, I released a documentary containing false anti-Semitic statements, narratives and language that is false and offensive to the Jewish race/religion, and I take full responsibility and liability for my actions “wrote Irving. on Instagram. “I am grateful to have a great platform to share knowledge and want to move forward having an open dialogue to learn more and grow from this.

“To all Jewish families and communities who are hurt and affected by my message, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain and I apologize. I initially reacted out of emotion at being unfairly labeled an anti-Semite, instead of focusing on the process of healing my Jewish brothers and sisters who were hurt by the hateful remarks made in the documentary. I want to clear up any confusion about my position in the fight against antisemitism by apologizing for posting the documentary without context and a factual explanation outlining the specific beliefs in the documentary with which I agreed and disagreed. . I had no intention of disrespecting any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuating hatred. I learn from this unfortunate event and hope that we can find understanding between all of us. I am no different from any other human being. I am a seeker of truth and knowledge, and I know who I am.

The Nets earned their first suspension game from Irving against the Washington Wizards on Friday night.

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