Following the Brooklyn Nets’ decision to suspend Kyrie Irving indefinitely without pay for “failure to disavow antisemitism,” Nike announced that it had suspended its relationship with Irving and called off the launch of the new Kyrie 8 shoe, which was originally scheduled to release in November.
Nike’s original statement left room for the company to eventually resume its partnership with Irving – but according to Nike co-founder Phil Knight, that is unlikely to happen.
In a conversation with CNBC, Knight said the he doubts Nike would “go back” with Irving.
“Kyrie stepped over the line. It’s kind of that simple. He made some statements that we just can’t abide by and that’s why we ended the relationship. And I was fine with that.”