Endorsement News: Teyana Taylor Claps Back at Losing Adidas Deal, Drake Joins Nike
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
Teyana Taylor’s rep has a lot of explaining to do. As we reported recently, it was rumored on social media that Teyana’s latest sneaker (Harlem GLC: “Dark Knight”) would not be released because she had been quietly dropped from Adidas over her very nasty and public Twitter beef with Rihanna. After Teyana decided it would be a good move to post a photo of Rihanna’s battered face to her Twitter profile and make threats of causing her more injuries than Chris did, Rihanna’s supporters came together and launched an online petition pushing the shoe company to drop Taylor.
A couple of days later, Teyana’s rep denied the artist had been dropped, but now it appears that Adidas has decided to set the record straight. A rep from the company confirms to Madame Noire that Teyana has been dropped and it is because of the Rihanna feud. The rep says:
“We have ended our relationship with Teyana Taylor and do not have any upcoming product launches with her.
“All I can say is that adidas partners with athletes and artists who blend well with our brand values. We evaluate our relationships with partners based on the values we hold at adidas and we don’t condone violence of any kind.”
Teyana Taylor took to her Twitter account to clap back at the news and decided to let her critics know she had the fastest selling Adidas shoe of all time:
Hey haters, imma let yall finish but I had the fastest sellin adidas of all time. #HandsMicBack&WalksOffStage #Kanyeshrug #ImSleepTho
And that’s my statement you guys have a nice day!!!!!
& I did it without a album. #MeekVoice
Kanye has since signed with Adidas reportedly for a whopping $10 million to create a line of shoes.
In related news, Nike has been getting dragged by Kanye publicly for the last week or so, but they confirmed earlier today that they have a new superstar taking his spot.
Drake is now the new spokesperson for the Air Jordan line. On the new deal, Drake says in an official statement:
“Today also happens to be one of the best days of my life. You know, growing up, I’m sure we all idolized this guy – he goes by the name of Michael Jordan. So today, I came to Portland, Oregon and I officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family.”
Congrats to Drizzy.