After taking a year-hiatus from social media, the hip-hop artist/designer/self-proclaimed “greatest artist of all time” returned with a bang this week by reaffirming his support for Donald Trump, making bold statements about slavery, and most recently, facing accusations that he’s copied designs from Nike.
On Thursday, Givenchy design director and former Nike designer, Tony Spackman took to Instagram Stories to show a side-by-side comparison of a sketch West recently posted on Twitter and one of his Nike designs from 13 years ago.
In his tweet, West said the sketch was a Yeezy study for base layers. However, Spackman claims it is a sketch for Nike’s Fall ’05 “living apparel” concept. As Spackman pointed out in his Story, West’s image, “photoshops out the date 2005.”
West has not responded to Spackman’s claim, but in other West-Nike news this week, the celeb apologized to Nike CEO Mark Parker for alluding to Nike copying his Yeezy designs. West collaborated with Nike prior to the 2015 launch of Yeezy x Adidas.
As Twitter has become the platform of choice for airing everything from global policy to cat meems, West’s recent rants on social seem to be getting him into hot water—as well as shining a light on the brands he works with.
Last week, West tweeted, “You don’t have to agree with Trump but the mob can’t make me not love him. We are both dragon energy. He is my brother. I love everyone. I don’t agree with everything anyone does. That’s what makes us individuals. And we have the right to independent thought.”
Following that, in a TMZ interview that’s since gone viral, West brought up the subject of slavery, saying, “You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”
In an interview with Bloomberg TV Thursday, Adidas CEO Officer Kasper Rorsted was asked about West’s downward spiral. Rorsted said the company has not discussed cutting ties with West, however he said it planned to speak to the rapper about his controversial comments.
“We neither comment or speculate on every single comment that our external creators are making,” he told Bloomberg. “Kanye has been and is a very important part of our strategy and has been a fantastic creator and that’s where I’m going to leave it. I’m not going to comment on every comment that he or somebody else are making.”