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Embattled Kyrie Irving tapes message over Nike sneakers throughout the Nets’ win vs. Charlotte Hornets


‘I AM FREE Thanks God… I AM’: Embattled Kyrie Irving tapes message over Nike sneakers throughout the Nets’ win against the Hornets after the sportswear giant ended its partnership with the NBA superstar

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving made two separate and yet vital statements Wednesday night, scoring 33 points – but not before taping over his Nike shoes. 

Irving was released as a Nike athlete within the aftermath of an anti-Semitic storm, which began after the previous Cavalier posted a link to an Amazon documentary on his social media. 

Nike brought an instantaneous halt to its partnership with Irving this week following the actions and optics surrounding the free-thinking star. 

On Wednesday night on the Barclays Center, Irving taped a message of liberty and spirituality across his shoe, in favor of the company giant’s signature swoosh. 

Kyrie Irving has been in a jovial mood recently because the Nets have picked up within the win column

Irving taped over a pair of Nike sneakers during the Brooklyn's narrow victory over Charlotte

Irving taped over a pair of Nike sneakers throughout the Brooklyn’s narrow victory over Charlotte

‘I AM FREE Thanks God … I AM,’ was emblazoned on one side of the kicks, while the opposite side had a more simplistic and cheeky message; ‘logo here.’

Strangely, Irving modified his shoes at half within the win over Charlotte, but selected to not cover up the Nike logo on a ocean blue pair. 

A month prior to the termination of Irving’s relationship with the Oregon-based Nike suspended its partnership.

The one-time NBA champion has played 10 games since his reinstatement vs. Memphis on November 20. He’s averaging 23.3 points across that timespan.

Irving wore the taped shoes during the first half In the second half, he changed into an ocean blue Nike pair

Irving began the sport with the taped shoes before switching to blue Nike’s within the second half

Irving apologized for sharing a link to the Amazon documentary, 2018 film ‘Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,’ which has been widely labeled as anti-Semitic, insisting he meant no harm by the post which caused furor. 

‘I’m not anti-Semitic, I never have been,’ Irving told SNY. ‘I do not have hate in my heart for the Jewish people or anyone that identifies as a Jew. I’m not anti-Jewish.’   

Quizzed as to why he didn’t simply explain himself at first of the saga, Irving said he was ‘protecting’ himself.

Irving dropped 33 points as the Brooklyn Nets took care of the struggling Charlotte Hornets

Irving dropped 33 points because the Brooklyn Nets took care of the struggling Charlotte Hornets

‘I reacted out of just pure defense,’ he said. ‘And just hurt that I could possibly be labeled, or I assumed that I used to be being labeled as anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish, and I’ve felt like that was just so disrespectful to ask me whether or not I used to be anti-Semitic or not.’ 

The Melbourne-born star received immense scrutiny for sharing the documentary despite offering no opinion alongside the link, and was suspended eight games by his organization. 

Brooklyn has gone 7-3 following Irving’s return and currently sit third within the Eastern Conference at 14-12.


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