Nike suspends Kyrie relationship; shoe launch off

by Gordon Dixon - Nike's decision to suspend its relationship with Kyrie Irving comes one day after the Nets suspended him for "no less than five games" for failing to apologize for his controversial social-media posts.

Nike suspends relationship with Kyrie Irving; Kyrie 8 launch off 8:53 PM ET ESPN Nike announced Friday that it has suspended its relationship with Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and will no longer launch his new sneaker, the Kyrie 8. "At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of antisemitism," Nike said in a prepared statement. "We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the situation and its impact on everyone." Editor's Picks 1 Related Nike's decision comes one day after the Nets suspended Irving for "no less than five games" after he failed to formally apologize during a news conference earlier Thursday for his social-media posts about an antisemitic book and movie late last week. Irving issued an apology over Instagram on Thursday night.