Nets star Kyrie Irving’s statement after bashing Nike over sneaker controversy
In a statement shared by Shams Charania of The Athletic, Irving explained the reason for his angry reaction and the status of his relationship with the sports apparel giants. According to the Nets star, he is not blaming Nike for the controversial sneaker but highlighted he is working with them now to stay aligned with their plans and what to do moving forard.
“When you’re building something great, there sometimes comes a point when you need to recalibrate and refocus to ensure everyone is aligned. This is where the KAI11 brand and Nike are. It was unfair to put the blame on Nike or any one person. With that being said, we are diligently working, restructuring, and reimagining things together to make sure we get it right,” Irving explained in his statement.
For those not in the know, some photos of the Kyrie 8 were leaked online last week. After seeing the shoe, Irving went on an epic rant and outed Nike for not involving him in the design and marketing process of the new kicks. The Nets playmaker even went on to call the sneakers “trash,” which absolutely shocked fans.
Kyrie Irving's reaction to leaked photos of the Nike Kyrie 8 shoes:
"IMO these are trash! I have absolutely nothing to do with them!" pic.twitter.com/6nKvjG2Siv
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) July 28, 2021
Of course, that was PR nightmare both for Nike and Kyrie Irving, though it looks like both sides are in communication now. It remains to be seen if there will be changes or adjustments in the Kyrie 8, but hopefully, fans can get clarity about that sooner rather than later.