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.
If I can work and be unvaccinated, then all of my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified, or fired. ♾🤞🏾— Chief Hélà🤞🏾A11Even Tribe (@KyrieIrving) September 20, 2022
This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is one the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history.
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?
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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