Brooklyn Nets have suspended star guard Kyrie Irving without pay, the team announced Thursday, following a controversial tweet last week in which IrvingA documentary film containing anti-Semitic views and several press conferences, during which Irving refused to condemn anti-Semitism. The Nets said the suspension would last no less than five matches.
In a statement, the organization said that the decision came “after repeated attempts to work with Kyrie Irving to help her understand the harm and danger of her words and actions, which would have helped publicize a film with her.” It started with a deeply disturbing anti-hatred.”
The team said it was “disappointed” by a media session on Thursday during which 30-year-old Irving was directly asked by reporters if he had any opposing beliefs.
“Kyri declined to explicitly state that he has any anti-Semitic beliefs, nor does he acknowledge the specific hateful material in the film,” Netts said. “It wasn’t the first time they had the opportunity – but failed – to clear.”
“Accordingly, we are of the view that he is currently ineligible to join the Brooklyn Nets,” the team wrote. “We have decided that Kyrie will serve a suspension without pay, unless he satisfies a series of objective remedial measures addressing the detrimental effect of his conduct and the duration of the suspension is not less than five games. “
trickIn his own statement he said he was “disappointed” that Irving “did not offer an unqualified apology and specifically condemned the vile and harmful material contained in the film that he chose to promote,” adding that that he planned to meet with Irving next week. To “discuss this situation”.
crewIn a joint statement with Irving and the Anti-Defamation League, Irving and the Nets would each donate $500,000 to anti-hate groups.
In that statement, Irving wrote: “I oppose all forms of hatred and oppression and stand firmly with the communities that are marginalized and affected every day.”
He also said that he is “aware of the negative impact of my post on the Jewish community and I take responsibility. I do not believe everything said in the documentary was true or reflects my morals and principles.”
The controversy began when Irving posted a link to the film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” on Twitter on October 27. Synopsis on Amazon said the 2018 film “reveals the true identities of the children of Israel.”
The film is replete with conspiracy theories about the Jewish people, including false claims that Jews dominated the slave trade.
The next day, Nets owner Joe Tsai wrote on Twitter that he was “disappointed” that Irving appeared to support a film “based on a book full of antisemitic disinformation”.
“I want to sit down and make sure he understands that this is harmful to all of us, and that as a person of faith, promoting hatred on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion is wrong,” Tsai wrote. .
The tweet drew criticism in the NBA community. Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said on TNT Tuesday before the suspension was announced that he felt the NBA “dropped the ball” by allowing Irving to continue playing.
“I think he should have been suspended. I think Adam [Silver, NBA commissioner] He should have been suspended,” Barkley said.