Kyrie Irving Is Suspended By The Nets For At Least 5 Games Without Pay.

Kyrie Irving

In New York, Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets speaks before the team’s NBA basketball matchup against the New Orleans Pelicans on October 19, 2022. Kyrie Irving is still refusing to apologize to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. The Brooklyn Nets guard once more refrained from expressing regret for tweeting a link to a movie with anti-Semitic content after the NBA Commissioner called it “a dangerous act” last week. Kyrie Irving was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for at least five games on Thursday without pay after they were outraged by his repeated refusal to “unambiguously affirm he has no antisemitic ideas.”

The Apology

Irving refused to express regret for sharing a link to an anti-Semitic article on his Twitter feed, as demanded by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. The Brooklyn Nets declared that Irving is “now unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets.”

When given a chance in a press conference, Kyrie declined to clarify that he has no antisemitic thoughts expressly or to identify any specific offensive material in the film. The Nets said in a statement that he previously had the opportunity to clarify but chose not to do so.

Such a refusal to denounce antisemitism when given a clear chance to do so is highly troubling, goes against the principles of our organization, and constitutes behavior harmful to the team. As a result, we believe he is not currently qualified to be a part of the Brooklyn Nets.

Irving eventually expressed regret for not identifying the precise principles with which he agreed and disagreed when he released the documentary in a later Instagram post.

Irving stated, “To All Jewish families and communities upset and touched by my post; I sincerely apologize for having caused you anguish. “At first, I responded emotionally to being falsely accused of being anti-Semitic instead of concentrating on the healing of my Jewish Brothers and Sisters who were wounded by the cruel statements expressed in the Documentary,” the author says.

On Thursday, his hesitation coincided with the FBI’s announcement that it had learned from trustworthy sources that synagogues in Irving’s home state of New Jersey were under “broad” threat. The words “Kanye is right about the Jews” were anticipated on the outside of one of the end zones during the Florida-Georgia football game on Saturday at the TIAA Bank Field stadium in Jacksonville due to recent antisemitic comments made by the music mogul initially known as Kanye West on social media and in interviews that caused him to lose partnerships with Adidas and several other companies.

In 1979, the Anti-Defamation League started keeping track of these incidents. The most recent antisemitic incidents occurred just after the deadliest attack on American Jews, which left 11 people dead at a Pittsburgh synagogue, and just a few days before the contentious midterm elections across the country. Last year’s total of 2,717 acts of harassment, vandalism, or violence against Jews was the highest annual total recorded since that time.

Irving’s post-practice comments on Thursday made it plain that not much had changed despite the Nets’ claims that they made numerous attempts in recent days to help him comprehend the consequences of his words and behavior.

Only that he had no malicious intent, would Irving say. He claimed that “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” had certain untruths but did not claim he was at fault for posting a link to it.

Irving admitted, “I didn’t make the documentary.

When asked afterward if he held antisemitic views, he didn’t respond in the negative.

Irving asserted, “I cannot be antisemitic if I am aware of my origins.

The CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, Jonathan Greenblatt, tweeted in reaction to a video of Irving’s response to that query, saying: “The answer to the question “Do you have any antisemitic beliefs” is unequivocally and categorically “NO.”

Greenblatt said, “We took @KyrieIrving at his word when he stated he took responsibility, but today he did not keep that promise. “Kyrie needs to put in a lot of work.”

In collaboration with the ADL, Irving and the Nets had said a day earlier that each would contribute $500,000 to anti-hate initiatives. Thursday evening, Greenblatt tweeted that his company could not, in good conscience, accept Irving’s donation.

Silver said Irving should continue regardless.

The commissioner said, “While we appreciate his willingness to collaborate with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League to fight antisemitism and other types of discrimination, I am disappointed that he has not issued an unqualified apology and specifically denounced the offensive and harmful content in the film he chose to publicize.

Silver said he would see Irving in person in the upcoming week.

The Nets have released Irving from the team for the second straight year. When he declined to receive the COVID-19 vaccination last year, he was disqualified from participating in home games. They eventually brought him back to play on the road in December despite their initial opposition to having him as a part-time player.

Late last week, Irving uploaded the since-deleted link, and following the Nets’ home loss to Indiana on Saturday, he steadfastly defended his right to do so. To prevent further upsetting fans, the club requested that he refrain from speaking to the media after their two games this week, but Irving’s position remained unchanged.

On Thursday, he quickly went on the defensive and claimed that 300 million of his ancestors were interred in the country. He questioned why journalists weren’t looking at the history of Black people in America.

No contract Extension

Irving will be suspended “unless he satisfactorily completes a series of objective remedial steps that address the detrimental impact of his conduct,” according to the Nets.

After he missed so much last season, the organization declined to give him a contract extension this summer. Irving may be in his last season with the team because he chose to enter the final year of his deal.

Due to the Nets’ 1-6 start, coach Steve Nash lost his job on Tuesday.

 

Gloria Flynt

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