Kyrie Irving: Nike ends endorsement deal with Brooklyn Nets player


Kyrie Irving is averaging 26.9 points per game this season

Nike has suspended its endorsement deal with Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving after he promoted a documentary with anti-Semitic material on Twitter.

Irving, 30, later apologized, saying he is “learning” from the incident.

Nike said it was “very sad and disappointed about the situation”.

It is reported that Irving’s deal with Nike began in 2014 $11m (£9.6m) a year according to Forbesexternal link.

Nike, which has also canceled the brand’s upcoming shoes with Irving, said in a statement: “At Nike we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of anti-Semitism.

“To that end, we have made the decision to end our relationship with Kyrie Irving effective immediately and will no longer launch the Kyrie 8.”

The Nets, without Irving, beat the Washington Wizards 128-86 on Friday for their third win of the season, the victory at the end of a week that eliminated the franchise. Head Coach Steve Nash.

Kevin Durant stepped up in Irving’s absence, leading Brooklyn with 28 points, nine rebounds and 11 assists.

“Let’s put the joy in basketball,” Nets owner Joe Tsai tweeted after the win.

The Bucks make it 8-0

Elsewhere in the NBA, the Milwaukee Bucks continued their Giannis Antetokounmpo-inspired best start to the season with a 115-102 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Antetokounmpo had 26 points, 14 rebounds and 11 assists as the Bucks won their eighth straight game to maintain their 100% record.

Brandon Ingram’s return after a four-game absence resulted in a concussion-high 26 points to help the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Steph Curry-less Golden State Warriors 114-105.

Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andrew Wiggins are also missing, with the Warriors now 0-6 away from home.

Jerami Grant delivered the decisive blow in the dying minutes to round out a career-best 30 points and lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 108-106 win over the Phoenix Suns.