By now, anyone that follows the sports world knows the story of Kyrie Irving. The Brooklyn Nets star famously refused to get a “vaccine” he didn’t need, and subsequently missed most of the basketball season as his punishment for not bending knee to the tyrannical mandates in New York City. To his credit, he never wavered and has been proven ultimately correct in his rejection of the jab.
Kyrie, never one to lay low and just let the storm clouds pass, recently made some dubious decisions in sharing a link to a movie that on the surface appeared antisemitic. While the national media loves to villainize Jewish people every chance they get, they love accusing people of racism and antisemitism even more, so predictably they have been having a field day with this. Subsequently the NBA, social media, snowflakes everywhere, and his sponsors have been crying giant tears and melting down, resulting in loss of endorsements and the right to play until he appears adequately sorry in the leagues eyes. This hasn’t set well with all players though, and one brave Boston Celtic has decided to take Nike to task. Check this out.
Jaylen Brown has had enough of the Kyrie Irving fallout, and the Celtics star is starting to question some of the folks pointing the finger.
“Since when did Nike care about ethics?” he asked after the shoe company suspended its relationship with Irving last week.
Since when did Nike care about ethics? https://t.co/f8t2eY994v
— Jaylen Brown (@FCHWPO) November 10, 2022
Fair question, no? It’s very well known that the NBA, but Nike in particular suckles at the teat of the Communist Chinese government. China pumps loads of cash into the NBA, and Nike makes the shoes there for what amounts to pennies on the dollar, often in sweatshops with children doing the work. Does Nike care? Nope. So why is Nike suddenly bent out of shape because Irving might not be a huge fan of Jews? Good question, and one Jaylen Brown would like answered.
The multi-billion dollar company loves calling out problems in America, but continues to bend the knee to China, where the CCP is currently accused of committing genocide against the Uyghur Muslim population, saying that it’s a “brand that is of China.“
Nike cares about profits and branding. They could not care less about the human rights violations in the country where their products are made. Nike is also in bed with the NBA, so keeping their Communist counterparts and their corporate alliances happy is job one. Nike hilariously released a statement.
“At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of antisemitism,” the company said in its initial statement. “To that end, we’ve made the decision to suspend our relationship with Kyrie Irving effective immediately and will no longer launch the Kyrie 8.
“We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the situation and its impact on everyone.”
It’s not that no one believes that nonsense so much as it’s insulting to hear coming from a company that uses children to make its shoes. Nike will talk the talk, but when it comes to their company and cleaning up the dirt on their own hands, they won’t walk the walk.
Irving has been embroiled in controversy for two weeks now, ever since posting a link to a film titled Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.
Irving was also given a to-do list to return to NBA action following all the backlash. Among six boxes for Irving to check was speaking with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, which he did earlier this week.
“I personally, based on what he said directly to me, have no doubt that he’s not antisemitic, but I think there’s a process that he’s going to now need to go through,” Silver told the New York Times. “I think he understands that and incidentally, it’s now with the Nets who are working with specifics.”
So, Irving has been given his punishment, which he will fulfill, and he will meet with all the right people and say all the right things to make this go away, however Nike will happily continue making crappy sneakers in sweatshops in a Communist country. Jaylen Brown, and America is waiting on Nikes response, one I don’t suspect we will get anytime soon.