Adidas Ends Partnership With Kanye West

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

25 Oct 2022

Adidas has officially announced it is to be parting ways with Kanye West.

The sportswear giants came under mounting pressure to cut ties with West following recent anti-Semitic outburst by the musician and designer.

In a statement, Adidas said:

“Adidas does not tolerate antisemitism and any other sort of hate speech. Ye’s recent comments and actions have been unacceptable, hateful and dangerous, and they violate the company’s values of diversity and inclusion, mutual respect and fairness.

“After a thorough review, the company has taken the decision to terminate the partnership with Ye immediately, end production of Yeezy branded products and stop all payments to Ye and his companies. adidas will stop the adidas Yeezy business with immediate effect,”

“This is expected to have a short-term negative impact of up to €250 million on the company’s net income in 2022 given the high seasonality of the fourth quarter,” 

“Adidas is the sole owner of all design rights to existing products as well as previous and new colorways under the partnership. More information will be given as part of the company’s upcoming Q3 earnings announcement on November 9, 2022.”

The relationship between the two had turned sour earlier this year when west took to social media to accuse adidas of copying his designs and mismanaging his brand.