Friday night Nike announced they have suspended their relationship with Kyrie Irving, including postponing his upcoming sneaker, the Kyrie 8.
“At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of antisemitism,” Nike said in a prepared statement. “We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the situation and its impact on everyone.”
These words ring hollow, as Nike is a company whose products are created under the most deplorable positions by some of the poorest people on the planet with their full knowledge of their plight. Nike is also the same company that stood right by soccer player Hope Solo when she had a string of assaults, one of which was on a minor. Nike, a multi-billion dollar company, was too tight to pay their pregnant athletes their endorsement money, leading to the departure of the most decorated female tracklete in Olympic history, Allyson Felix.