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Irving and Nike, it’s over



While Nike had suspended its contract with Kyrie Irving following his promotion of an anti-Semitic film, the brand and the player finally broke their contract by mutual agreement.

Kyrie Irving and Nike, it’s over! The basketball player and the comma brand terminated their contract by mutual agreement on Monday, one month to the day after Nike decided to suspend their contract. This decision followed the promotion of an anti-Semitic film made by the leader of the Brooklyn Nets on his social networks. Kyrie Irving had also been suspended by the Nets, but was able to play again after missing eight games without being paid, and after apologizing and meeting with Jewish figures in Brooklyn.

But concerning the equipment supplier, the contractual relationship will not go further: ” We have mutually decided to go our separate ways and wish Nike the best in its future endeavours. “said the player’s agent to CNBC. A few minutes after the announcement, Kyrie Irving posted a GIF on Twitter saying “There is nothing more precious than being free”, presumably referring to this breach of contract.

The eighth Kyrie shoe was due to release

The Nets point guard was one of the iconic players of the brand, which he joined in 2014, three years after his draft by the Cleveland Cavaliers in first position. His signature shoe, the “Kyrie Irving 8” should have been released if the contract had not been broken. In 2019, the contract between the two parties was valued at 11 million dollars and his signature shoe was the second best-selling in 2017, behind that of LeBron James, with whom he had crowned champion the previous year at the Cavs.

Despite the contract suspension, the player had continued to play with Nikes on his feet since his return to the Nets. A return that has done the greatest good for Brooklyn, which has won six of its nine games. Since the start of the season, the 30-year-old is averaging 24.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists in 17 games. The Nets sit in eighth place in the Eastern Conference (13 wins, 12 losses). What shoes will Irving play in the next game, against Charlotte? Answer Wednesday…

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