Three days ago, the Brooklyn Nets suspended Kyrie Irving indefinitely for his social media posts and rhetoric deemed anti-Semitic. Later that day, Nike suspended its relationship with Irving and canceled the launch of its ninth signature shoe.
Following the major news, we have drawn up a complete inventory of the situation. Irving released the Nike Kyrie 8 this summer and wore it through the 2022-23 NBA season. Now Sole Savy reports that Nike sent an email to retailers asking them to remove unreleased shoes from their store shelves.
The above email states: “Effective immediately, stores must remove all Kyrie 8 models from the sales floor and place them in their back office. Stores must not sell any Kyrie 8 products until at further order.”
However, the email states that all other Kyrie products may continue to be sold until further notice. Thus, the Nike Kyrie Infinity, Nike Kyrie Low 5 and clothing from previous collections can still remain in store.
The email lists several Nike Kyrie 8 colorways that were planned for release. In August, Irving hinted at a launch date of November 11, 2022. Due to the controversies, Nike never released official images, technical specs, or pricing for the Nike Kyrie 8.
Nike Kyrie 8
Nike will never release Irving’s ninth signature shoe. However, images of the new model have been circulating online for several months. Above is an image of the Nike Kyrie 8 “Multi”, which was to be one of the first colorways to sell.
Irving is still serving his suspension, so it remains to be seen if he will still wear Nike basketball shoes whenever he plays again. Stay locked in FanNationKicks.com for news, analysis and interviews.