Earlier this week, Adidas CEO Bjørn Gulden defended Ye, saying that he doesn’t believe the rapper formerly known as Kanye West “meant what he said” when he made antisemitic comments that caused the athletic brand to cut ties with the Yeezy line of sneakers.
Now, Gulden is backtracking on that statement, issuing an apology through Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on X and reiterating “that Adidas is committed to fighting #antisemitism & is completely opposed to the ugly hate expressed by @kanyewest.”
Adidas cemented those sentiments through a statement Friday morning: “Our decision to end our partnership with Ye because of his unacceptable comments and behavior was the right one… Our stance has not changed: Hate of any kind has no place in sports or society, and we remain committed to fighting it.”
Since then, Adidas has been selling through its remaining Yeezy inventory, generating more than $437 million in revenue. The company plans to donate at least $120 million of those proceeds to anti-hate advocacy groups, including the Foundation To Combat Anti-Semitism, run by New England Patriots and Revolution owner Robert Kraft.