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Kyrie Irving Blasts His Own Nike Shoe, Says ‘These Are Trash’

Kyrie Irving shoots a free throw during a preseason game in 2020.

Kyrie Irving shoots a free throw during a preseason game in 2020.

Photographer: Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images

Kyrie Irving had some strong criticism for the latest version of his own shoe line with Nike Inc., highlighting the disconnect that can occur between star athletes and the brands they endorse.

“I have nothing to do with the design or marketing of the upcoming Kyrie 8,” Irving wrote through his verified Instagram account. “These are trash! I have absolutely nothing to do with them! Nike plans to release it without my okay, regardless of what I say, so I apologize in advance.”