Jaylen Brown rips Nike, Phil Knight for Kyrie Irving comments
Celtics star Jaylen Brown has some thoughts on Nike.
On Thursday, the apparel giant’s founder Phil Knight said his company’s relationship with Kyrie Irving is likely over, saying the Nets star “crossed the lineby sharing the link to an anti-Semitic film.
“Since when does Nike care about ethics?”, Brown said in a tweet.
Brown’s comments refer to the accusations against Nike that they use forced labor and sweatshops in East Asia to produce their products. The 26-year-old is currently without a sneaker contract, although he has worn Nike boots during games this season.
Irving, who is currently serving a minimum five-game suspension from the Nets after sharing the link, defiantly refusing to apologize, and allegedly ghosting owner Joe Tsai, among other offences, saw the sneaker giant end the released his Kyrie 8 basketball shoe last week.
“At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn all forms of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement. “To that end, we have made the decision to suspend our relationship with Kyrie Irving with immediate effect and to no longer launch the Kyrie 8. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the situation and its impact on everyone.”
Brown, vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, told reporters he believed the union would appeal Irving’s suspension because “a lot of players have expressed discomfort with the terms” of the suspension. Irving received a to-do list before playing again for the Nets.
Brown’s comments follow LeBron James speaking out against the Nets’ punitive measures earlier in the day.
“I told you I didn’t believe in sharing hurtful information and would continue like this, but Kyrie apologized and he should be able to play,” he added. james tweeted. “That’s what I think. It’s so simple. Help him learn, but he should play. What he’s being asked to do to get back on the floor, I think is overkill in my opinion He’s not the person we portray him to be.