LeBron James once flexed Kanye West’s Yeezy in public despite longtime relationship with Nike

Kanye West is one of America’s biggest and most successful rappers. Apart from his music, Ye has also become a skilled entrepreneur and businessman. He teamed up with Nike to create his own sneaker brand, releasing the Nike Air Yeezy 1 in 2009. However, Kanye West didn’t stay with Nike for long. While taking Yeezy out, LeBron James was once spotted wearing Kanye West’s Yeezy shoes in public despite his longtime partnership with Nike.

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Kanye West has made Yeezy a household name among celebrities and athletes. Many stars, including Kevin Hart, Kim Kardashian, Roger Federer, Rihanna and Kylie Jenner, have been spotted wearing West’s Yeezy shoes. However, seeing four-time NBA champion LeBron James in Yeezy shoes was a sight to behold.

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LeBron James spotted in Air Yeezys

In the resurfaced image, LeBron is seen dressed all in black with Air Yeezy shown on his feet. It was a shock as James has been loyal to Nike since the start of his career. However, James probably wore the Yeezy shoes when Kanye West was part of the Nike family. Ye ended his partnership with Nike in 2013 and took Yeezy to Adidas.

LeBron James, then 18, originally signed a seven-year, $90 million contract with Nike. Later, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar signed a lifetime deal with the sneaker brand, earning him $30 million a year. So, it was quite a surprise to see James don the Yeezy shoes in public.

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However, it’s no surprise that he was quite influenced by Kanye West’s Yeezys. James’ Nike LeBron 15s are believed to have been inspired by Kanye West’s Air Jeezy 1.

Kanye West loses partnership with Adidas

The American rapper has put himself in the middle of the controversy after his alleged anti-Semitic comments. Since then, many high-profile brands have cut ties with West, including Gap, Def Jam, JP Morgan bank and Balenciaga.

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However, West faced the biggest blow when Adidas decided to pull out of its partnership with West. The move caused West’s net worth to plummet from $1.5 billion to $400 million. Additionally, West now faces a threat to his Yeezy as Adidas is likely to fight over ownership of the brand.

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