Family business, Nike distance themselves from Adam Catzavelos' viral racist video
Sports gear manufacturer Nike has issued a response following a backlash to the video of Adam Catzavelos using the k-word‚ which went viral on Tuesday.
In the video‚ Catzavelos uses the k-word to celebrate the fact that no black people were present at a beach he was at. It is unclear when or where the video was taken.
Following the discovery of his identity on Twitter on Tuesday‚ some Twitter users mentioned that Catzavelos is married to Kelly Catzavelos‚ a merchandising director at Nike.
Top story: Social Media From anti @sbukasimo: 'Meet Adam Catzavelos, husband to Kelly Catzavelos who is the Merchandising director at Nike. Both of them have deleted their social media pages. @Twinsondecks @nealcol @rob… pic.twitter.com/ueLTXSiW6S, see more https://t.co/WmLWeAhcVg— we are anti (@weareanti1) August 21, 2018
There have been some calls on Twitter for people to boycott Nike because of her connection to him.
In a short statement Nike said Adam Catzavelos was not their employee.
“Nike opposes discrimination and has a long-standing commitment to diversity‚ inclusion and respect. We believe in the power of human potential in everyone – of every race‚ religion‚ nationality‚ gender and sexual orientation.
“We can also confirm that Adam Catzavelos is not a Nike employee‚” the company stated.
The Catzavelos family has also released a statement cutting ties with Adam from the family business, St George's Fine Foods.
“The family of Adam Catzavelos is appalled by the video in question. It is abhorrent and we fully disassociate ourselves from the sentiments expressed. We reject racism in any form. Adam Catzavelos has been dismissed with immediate effect from the family business‚ St George’s Fine Foods‚ and his minority shareholding will be unwound as soon as practically possible. Given the high-profile nature of this development‚ the business has been temporarily closed for the protection of all its staff. We have no further comment at this stage.”
Additional reporting by staff reporter.