Reports: Kyrie Irving To Sign Sneaker Deal With CCP-Friendly Company

John Simmons | June 12, 2023
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One thing is for certain when it comes to Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving: the man’s actions are often unpredictable and inconsistent.

Such is the case this weekend, when reports surfaced that Irving will sign his newest sneaker deal after being cut by Nike in November of 2022. However, Irving’s new deal is with a Chinese-based company called Anta, a prominent sports apparel company that has strong ties to the CCP. In 2021, it was reported that the company gave the nation’s communist leaders $1.2 billion in shares, which was used to spread communist propaganda.

The whole situation is ironic because Irving is a self-proclaimed human rights advocate. In addition to being sold out for the social justice agenda (a given for any NBA star), Kyrie was an ardent critic of COVID-19 vaccine mandates around the globe.

All of this advocacy and crusading for human rights now seems empty in light of the business deal Irving is on track to officially sign. If human rights are so important to him, then why sign a deal with a company that is funding one of the most brutal regimes in the world?

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Unfortunately, Irving isn’t the only prominent NBA player to sign a deal with Anta. Charlotte Hornets guard Gordon Hayward and Golden State Warriors sharpshooter Klay Thompson have also signed deals with the company, with Thompson’s contract going for 10 years and $80 million.

Whether it’s with Hayward, Thompson, or the ever-confusing Irving, the same lesson rings true: the pursuit of money often supersedes any moral code players might have.

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