Nike splits with NBA star Irving after anti-Semitism row

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Dec 06 2022 06:14 AM | Updated as of Dec 06 2022 04:36 PM

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving walks back onto the court in the final minutes against the Sacramento Kings 02 February 2022. John Mabanglo, EPA-EFE
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving walks back onto the court in the final minutes against the Sacramento Kings 02 February 2022. John Mabanglo, EPA-EFE

LOS ANGELES, United States - Nike said Monday it has parted ways with Kyrie Irving after the NBA star sparked a firestorm by posting a link to an anti-Semitic film.

"Kyrie Irving is no longer a Nike athlete," a spokesman for the company told AFP.

The sponsorship deal came under pressure last month, when the sportswear giant suspended its relationship with the Brooklyn Nets' point guard.

That came after the team suspended Irving for at least five games citing his "failure to disavow anti-Semitism" either on social media or in meetings with reporters.

Irving had been under scrutiny since a social media post in which he offered a link to the film "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake up Black America" -- a 2018 film widely condemned for containing a range of anti-Semitic tropes.

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