Posted November 26, 2013

Kanye West Leaves Nike for Adidas, Cites Need to “Provide for Family”

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When Derrick Rose went down with an injury this past Friday, it was terrible news not just for Bulls fans, but Adidas as well. The German shoe giant put plenty of cash behind Rose, making him the face of the brand’s basketball line.

This latest setback to Rose is just another major blow to Adidas’ hopes to keep pace with Nike in the basketball sneakers battle. Many of the stars they signed have had their careers ended or derailed by abrupt injuries (like Tracy McGrady, Gilbert Arenas, and to a lesser extent, Chauncey Billups). Their other big time star, Dwight Howard, ruined his own reputation with a two year long will-I-stay-or-will-I-go circus. Even the next big NBA star, Andrew Wiggins, is reportedly ready to shun the stripes in favor of Nike.

But that’s all ok, because they just signed Kanye away from Nike!

Adidas apparently managed to steal Yeezus by giving him enough means to support his family (something Nike apparently didn’t do).

Really — that’s what West said in an interview with New York radio station Hot 97. Here’s exactly what Ye said:

“I said, ‘Well I need royalties.’ It’s not even like I have a joint venture. At least give me some royalties. Michael Jordan has 5 percent and that business is $2 billion. He makes a $100 million dollars a year off of 5 percent royalties. Nike told me, ‘We can’t give you royalties because you’re not a professional athlete.’ I told them, ‘I go to the Garden and play one-on-no one. I’m a performance athlete.’

The performance athlete continues:

“I took the Adidas deal because I have royalties and I have to provide for my family…I’m gonna be the first hip-hop designer and because of that, I’m gonna be bigger than Wal-Mart.”

Well, there you have it. Kanye West, the performance athlete, will now be able to provide for his family, wife Kim Kardashian, and daughter North West, because Adidas is not as greedy as Nike. You can listen to the full interview below:

43 comments
WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

Boy, you are NOT even in the same class as MJ. You've done nothing except make babies and rap crap.  There is a reason for blacks like you to have a drive by once in a while

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

This clown truly belongs in the Kardashian family

CoeBaker
CoeBaker

whomever wrote this article is a *##%&(%#) dingas and has never seen kanye play a killer 2.5 hour show...besides rappers and adidas go together like macaroni & cheese....

LeslieHoerwinkle
LeslieHoerwinkle

Look up "moron" in the dictionary and guess whose picture appears?

MaryStricker
MaryStricker

He is ALMOST making me feel sorry for a Kardashian. And that is quite a feat. Or "feet" in this case I guess.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

Who is this guy and what does he do? Seems kinda crazy that, whoever he is, he makes a bunch of money. 

carjax1202
carjax1202

ARE YOU FRICKEN KIDDING ME!!??  C'mon SI...what the hell are you posting an article like this??  Mr. holier than thou is a piece of garbage who deserves no time on a sports page...none.  I'm very disappointed in you Mr. Sin for putting this one here.  This has got to be the funniest thing out there today...thanks for the comic relief, I guess.  "I have to provide for my family" ????  You have got to be kidding me....you make me want to puke, you egomaniac.

duckfan59
duckfan59

Does anyone...ANYONE....give a flyin' fig what this egotistic blowhard thinks?
Yeah, didn't think so.
This belongs on TMZ or the National Enquirer, not a sports site.
GO AWAY KANYE, NO ONE CARES WHAT YOU THINK. AND TAKE YOUR NASTY WIFE WITH YA. DON'T LET THE SCREEN DOOR HIT YA ON THE WAY OUT.

Joe R2
Joe R2

By next year, Kim will look just like the octamom

eddie767
eddie767

Seeing how their biggest stars end up with career threatening injuries,can we all hope he gets his. Maybe,permanent laryngitis. It's o k to think u r the best at what you do,but his mind is SO BLOWN it's amazing he can still do anything else.

geewhiz
geewhiz

Reading stuff like this truly makes the brain hurt.

Pat11
Pat11

Kanye, its not just Jimmy who thinks you have lost it. Every time you do an interview your narcissism triples in size, you may wanna have a Dr take a look at that. Keep it up and you will indeed be bigger than Woolworths one day. Addidas is being run my morons at this point if they think anyone with a brain would buy a overpriced shoe from them because of this fool.

ralph6
ralph6

earth to kanye......unintended consequences...everyones laughing at your comments.....get real clown.

bgreen15x
bgreen15x

Kanye West is one of those guys that karma or god or whatever needs to take down a notch. Huge DBag.

2001mark
2001mark

'Bigger than WalMart'?!  aMaZing... after that, he can try to be bigger than McDonald's & then Apple.  Maybe one day he can be as big as Boeing or BP.

2001mark
2001mark

LOLs!  Latrell Sprewell thinks this is a joke.  

The beautiful irony here is that Ye's celeb wife (& her family) are literally celebrity in name only.  They are only famous for being famous.

GT500456
GT500456

Most. Worthless. Human. Being. Ever.

youngnorth77
youngnorth77

Jordan gets that from Nike because he is Nike if it was'nt for him that company would have never took off, you know how many $100 dollar and $200 dollar pair of shoes he sell's I got a few myself.

IndependentsDay
IndependentsDay

Whoops, didn't mean to click on a TMZ article.  Wait ... what the ...

Adolfis
Adolfis

Just one more reason to buy Nike now!

thatmanstu
thatmanstu

Reminds me of Donald Trump...complete lack of self awareness and confuses his wealth with intelligence,combined with an absolutely delusional  ego.....oh,no sorry...I just described Mitt Romney,as well.........3 peas in a pod....and all that....

Kenneth13
Kenneth13

typical monkey...thinks b/c he can stand around on a stage and hoot and hollar that he is a business man.  I can only pray that he fails in this greed.  Also, of course he has to provide for his family, and by that he means, go to strip clubs, pay for dog fighting rings, and make it rain.  

cFro
cFro

Can someone please kill him already?

Doug1
Doug1

Why anyone would give that jerk-weed money is just beyond me.

Dutch2000
Dutch2000

No more Adidas for me either...can't bear to think any of my money would end up in this idiot's pocket.

muser
muser

I just quit buying adidas..

Jeff63
Jeff63

Adidas is better off


CoeBaker
CoeBaker

@carjax1202 what kind of egomaniac post did you just publish, you comment limelight mF?

duckfan59
duckfan59

@GT500456 it's a tie between him and his wife and her whole useless family.

ianforbes
ianforbes

@Kenneth13 and you're a typical d-bag racist. Don't be so jealous that a black man has more than you. LOL

carjax1202
carjax1202

@CoeBaker @carjax1202 Yeah....my comment just reeked of egomaniac didn't it...you're a moron.  And your love for Kanye is adorable, sticking up for a d bag...makes you look like a bigger d bag.

darren.m.miller
darren.m.miller

@Adolfis @ianforbes @Kenneth13 So "typical monkey" is appropriate? C'mon Kenneth your mom taught you better than that. Thank the internet though, they give you an alias and keyboard to hide behind.