Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted is having a tough time defending Kanye West. The sports apparel giant’s head has stepped forward to address controversy Yeezy has sparked with slavery comments.

According to a report, Rorsted cannot co-sign Ye’s remarks but denied having any immediate intent to reconsider the company’s business partnership with West.

Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted distanced himself from comments about slavery by Kanye West but said the company has not discussed dropping the rapper as a designer. “There clearly are some comments we don’t support,” Rorsted said on a call. The company plans to talk with West about the matter, he said in an interview with Bloomberg TV after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings but said its sales were hit by the strength of the euro. The shares fell as much as 6.3 percent in Frankfurt. (Ad Age)

This week, a Care2 petition had targeted Adidas and urged the company to cut ties over Ye’s now-infamous slavery comments.

In a new interview, rap star Eve said she could no longer support Kanye.

“You want to be a free-thinker, you want to be thought-provoking, you cannot have these ideas without facts to back them up. Slavery is a fact. Slavery is part of our history… we cannot forget it – we are still feeling the effects of slavery within our community, within our culture. It hurts me. … This is a man that I actually used to listen to, this is a person that we used to look to as an artist. Any young brothers looking at me, listening to me today – pick up some Nas, pick up Damian Marley, pick up some J. Cole, pick up some Kendrick Lamar. Listen to these artists. I am done with Kanye.” (The Talk)

This week, various high-profile celebrities have shared their disappointment in West over controversial statements he’s made.

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“SLAVERY…A CHOICE”❓❓❓My Brother,OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Stolen From Mother Africa. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Ripped Of Our Religion,Language,Culture. OUR Ancestors Did Not Choose To Be Murdered, Lynched,Castrated,Raped,Burnt At The Stake,Families Sold Apart. OUR Ancestors Built This Country (On Land Stolen From The Native Americans)From The Ground Up Under The Institution Of SLAVERY. Where Is This Brother In The Picture Next To Me❓❓❓I Would Not Be Surprised If OUR Ancestors Are Not Pleased With Your Uneducated Comments. P.S. Your Retraction Does Not Undue The Harm You Cause To Our Beloved ANCESTORS. WAKE UP.🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿🙏🏿

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