Chicago — Adidas is launching an investigation into allegations of misconduct against Kanye West, with whom the company had a partnership that ended in October.
In a statement released Thursday, Adidas said, “It is not clear at this time whether the accusations made in anonymous letters are true. We have decided to launch an immediate independent investigation to address the allegations.”
The statement follows a Rolling Stone article that reported that an Adidas board member ignored inappropriate behavior in a partnership with the rapper’s Yeezy brand, which legally changed his name to Ye.
Rolling Stone says it obtained a letter Tuesday from a former high-ranking Yeezy employee to board members about the “toxic and chaotic environment Kanye West has created.” “This type of response from Brand and his partners should never be received by an adidas employee and should never be tolerated by adidas management,” the letter read.
Adidas has ended its partnership with Ye after making a series of anti-Semitic remarks in recent months. In late October, West addressed his anti-Semitic comments and talking about George Floyd and Black Lives Matter in a 16-minute rambling video shared on YouTube by WmgLab Records. . with him.
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“I think Adidas felt they had the right to take my design as-is because everyone was flocking to me,” West told a small audience.
In the video, West made no apologies for his anti-Semitic remarks, but appeared to be trying to distance himself from “hate groups.”
“I have nothing to do with hate groups,” West concluded with a prayer. Because I demand that everyone walk in love.”
Adidas has been partnering with West since 2013 when West signed his brand away from rival Nike. In 2016, Adidas expanded its relationship with the rapper, calling it “the most significant partnership ever created between a non-athlete and a sports brand.”
West currently does not have an attorney or publicist to represent him in this matter. CNN reported.
CNN’s Dan Heching contributed to this report.
The player video above is from an earlier report.
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