Nebraska College’s Cornhuskers just got some new football cleats, and Twitter is pissed. The footwear comes amid a scandal in which Three Stripe officials are accused of bribing athletes to join adidas-sponsored colleges, a crime spurred by the increasingly questioned practice of schools and brands not paying athletes.
So, when adidas dropped these ‘emoji’ cleats covered in cash, the public were quick to call-out poor taste.
Even the shoes get more money than the players. https://t.co/103f3wclnJ
— Brody Logan (@BrodyLogan) May 9, 2018
Ironic since everyone is getting paid except for the athletes wearing these shoes. HAHAHA 🙄
— julian chwang (@ChwangJulian) May 9, 2018
— [email protected] (@sammmidd) May 9, 2018
Bad taste on Adidas part. In deep with the FBI over paying kids $$ to sign with schools and this is what they do?? Shoes with $$ on them?
— Charles Hajduk (@MyHajduk) May 8, 2018
Sure seems ironic for college football players to wear cleats with money printed all over when they can’t get paid. https://t.co/PaGCiy85co
— Dr. Saturday (@YahooDrSaturday) May 9, 2018
Money emoji shoes in the NCAA...
Pay the players. https://t.co/QjqnxoRoug
— Marshall Ferguson (@TSN_Marsh) May 9, 2018
I find this, at best, extremely idiotic and distasteful from @adidasFballUS for a sport based on the illusion of “amateurism.” @patrick_hruby https://t.co/h8hrpDjmJb
— Tyler Maun (@TylerMaun) May 8, 2018
Moving on from the controversy, adidas and the Huskers revealed a new pair decked in '100' emojis.
Shoutout to @adidasFballUS for letting us check out the Adimoji cleats.#teamadidas x #GBR pic.twitter.com/EyHZKmyGbG
— ❄️ Nebraska Football ❄️ (@HuskerFBNation) May 9, 2018
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