Kyrie Irving will donate $500,000 to anti-hate groups

NBA star Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets will each donate $500,000 to anti-hate groups, they announced Wednesday in a joint statement with the Anti-Defamation League. The declaration is as follows a Controversial tweet last week From Irving in which he appeared to endorse a documentary film containing anti-Semitic views.

“I oppose all forms of hate and oppression and stand firmly with the communities that are marginalized and affected every day,” Irving, 30, wrote in the statement.

Irving 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.”

Wednesday’s news release said the two donations “will go toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hatred and intolerance in our communities.”

On October 27, Irving posted a link to the film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America”. 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 also drew criticism in the NBA community. However, at a post-game news conference on October 29, a belligerent Irving defended his right to post whatever he believed in.

“I’m not going to stand on anything I believe in,” Irving told reporters. “I’m only going to get stronger because I’m not alone. There’s a whole army around me.”

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Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets brings the ball to court during a game against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center on November 1, 2022 in New York City.

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on Monday, Fans wearing “Fight Anti-Zionism” shirts Sitting in front of the court at a game between the Nets and the Indiana Pacers in Brooklyn.

As of Wednesday, Irving has not faced any disciplinary action. Last year, Miami Heat Reserve Center Meyers Leonard was fined $50,000 and suspended for an anti-Semitic slur.

Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said on TNT Tuesday 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.

Irving has previously supported the idea of ​​the Earth being flat, recently sharing an old clip from conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, and was unavailable for most of the Nets’ home games last season because he was vaccinated against COVID-19. was refused, as was mandatory in New York City.

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