Supposedly a man of high principles and deep thinking, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has taken to criticism he leveled at Nike last week over the latest edition of his signature shoe, likely after his remembered the amount the clothing giant pours into its bank account each year.
Irving, whose sneakers have been one of the NBA’s best sellers since their introduction the past decade, earns $11 million a year from Nike, according to Forbes. He may have overlooked that last week when responding to an Instagram post that appeared to show off the design of the upcoming Nike Kyrie 8.
In the comments section of the post, Irving simply wrote, “Trash.” Then he clarified. “I have nothing to do with designing or marketing the next Kyrie 8, IMO this is rubbish!” Irving wrote. “I have absolutely nothing to do with them! Nike plans to release it without my permission no matter what I say, so I apologize in advance to all my sneakerheads and true KAI11 brand supporters.
In a statement released by the star NBA reporter Shams CharaniaIrving clarified his remarks.
“When you’re building something big, sometimes there comes a time when you have to recalibrate and refocus to make sure everyone involved is aligned,” he said. “This is where the KAI11 brand and Nike are. It was unfair to blame Nike or anyone else. That being said, we are working diligently, restructuring and reimagining things together to make sure we do it right. things.
Usually in the news for doing or saying something that, while perhaps well-intentioned or intended to provoke deeper conversation, seems boring, the 29-year-old deserves praise for providing water and electricity to more than 1,000 Pakistani villagers by installing a solar-powered hydro plant in the village of Rohal through his KAI Family Foundation through a partnership with Michigan-based Paani Project, according to The New York Post.
“Very few people even want to help people in Pakistan and if you’re part of the Pakistani diaspora, you know that,” said Paani founder Sikander ‘Sonny’ Khan. The post office. “That’s why having someone like Kyrie Irving with his platform and his responsibilities takes the time to learn about an issue that affects so many people in the middle of his season. How he took the time to listening and supporting – something very few people do – it’s just comforting.
So did Irving’s decision to change his mind about Nike.
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