Nike ends deals with NBA star over anti-Semitism controversy

Nike has ended its partnership with NBA star Kyrie Irving, saying it is “deeply saddened” after the athlete promoted an anti-Semitic film Read Full Article at

Nike ends deals with NBA star over anti-Semitism controversy
5 Nov, 2022 04:24 HomeSport News

Nike ends deals with NBA star over anti-Semitism controversy

The Brooklyn Nets point guard was suspended from his team after sharing a link to a film containing “false anti-Semitic statements”

Nike has ended its business partnership with professional basketball player Kyrie Irving, saying it does not tolerate “hate speech” after the athlete promoted a film widely condemned as anti-Semitic. 

“At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of antisemitism,” the company said. “To that end, we've made the decision to suspend our relationship with Kyrie Irving effective immediately and will no longer launch the Kyrie 8. We are deeply saddened a disappointed by the situation and its impact on everyone.”

Irving has faced major backlash after sharing a link to ‘Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America’, a 2018 film which reportedly denies the Holocaust and alleges that many Jewish people “worship Satan or Lucifer,” among other odd or conspiracy-minded claims. His tweet sharing the film came under fire from his own team, NBA commissioner Adam Silver as well as advocacy groups like the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

“false anti-Semitic statements.” Before the apology, he was suspended for at least five games by his team, the Brooklyn Nets, which said Irving had refused to “unequivocally say he has no anti-Semitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film.” 

reportedly earned some $11 million per year from the Nike endorsement alone.