NBA star Kyrie Irving has turned his career on the basketball court into a family affair with his latest move.
The Brooklyn Nets player has onboarded Shetellia Riley Irving, his stepmom, as his new agent. Irving’s switch-up reportedly makes her the only Black woman representing an active NBA player, according to sports reporter Shams Charania.
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has hired Shetellia Riley Irving as his new agent. Shetellia Riley Irving is believed to currently be the only Black woman representing an active NBA player.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 3, 2022
Shetellia has replaced Roc Nation and Jeff Wechsler, Irving’s former representation. The new NBA agent is currently BET’s VP of Ad Sales, according to Bleacher Report. With Irving’s decision to choose his $36,647,050 player option for the 2022-23 season or to become a free agent, Shetellia is set to play a key role in whichever shot he calls.
Supporting Black Women In Sports
The historic news isn’t Irving’s first instance of betting on Black women in sports.
AfroTech previously shared that he teamed up with WNBA players Natasha Cloud and Jewell Loyd to discuss whether or not they’d play in the 2020 season. To support, Irving gave $1.5 million from his KAI Empowerment Initiative to WNBA players who opted out of playing.
“Whether a person decided to fight for social justice, play basketball, focus on physical or mental health, or simply connect with their families, this initiative can hopefully support their priorities and decisions,” Irving expressed in a statement.
Recent Black Women History In The NBA
Shortly ahead of Irving hiring Shetellia as his agent, the Cleveland Cavaliers promoted Shelly Cayette as its executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO) — making her the first Black woman to serve as the COO of an NBA team — as previously reported by AfroTech.
“Look, I’ve got to tell you – part of me would like to see the day when I’m not making history,” said Cayette. “It’s nice to know that I’m the first, but hopefully I can open doors so there aren’t any more first. The goal is to do away with firsts.”