The Brooklyn Nets decided that Kyrie Irving was “unfit to be involved”, so the franchise suspended him for at least five games.
But it is not a difficult maxim. Depending on how Irving deals with the situation, the suspension could last longer.
The Nets have reportedly given Irving a six-step to-do list before returning to the team.
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The Athletic revealed six steps:
- Apologize for posting a link to the film on October 27, condemn the harmful and false content, and clarify that it does not hold anti-Semitic beliefs.
- Complete the anti-hate causes Irving, the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League agreed to in their joint release on Nov. 2, including donating $500,000 to causes and organizations working to end hate and intolerance in society.
- Complete sensitivity training created by Net.
- Complete anti-Semitic/anti-hate training designed by Net.
- Meet with representatives of the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish community leaders in Brooklyn.
- After completing steps 1 through 5, meet with owner Joe Tsai and lead franchisee executives to demonstrate lessons learned and ensure that the seriousness of the harm caused by the situation is understood and that such behavior will not be repeated.
“We’re going to give him some time,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said Friday. “It’s up to him. Again, his actions will speak louder than words and if he wants to be involved, we’ll see where it goes.”
Irving tweeted a link to a movie that contained antisemitic slurs and has “unequivocally” apologized for his actions on more than one occasion, according to the Net.
The guard has since apologized on social media.
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“While researching YHWH, I posted a documentary that contained some false anti-Semitic statements, stories and language that were untrue and offensive to the Jewish race/religion, and I take full responsibility and accountability for my actions,” Irving wrote. on Instagram. “I am grateful to have such a big platform to share knowledge and I want to take it forward with an open dialogue to learn more and grow.
“To all the Jewish families and communities who were hurt and affected by my post, I am deeply sorry for the pain you have caused and I apologize. I initially reacted emotionally to being unfairly labeled anti-Semitic instead of focusing on healing. The comments were hurtful.
“I would like to clear up any confusion as to where I am fighting anti-Semitism (sic) by apologizing for posting the documentary without context and for portraying certain beliefs in the documentary with which I agreed and disagreed. I had no intention. Disrespect history or perpetuate any hatred. I am learning from this unfortunate event and hope we can all find understanding. I am no different than any other human being. I am a seeker of truth and knowledge and I know who I am.”
Irving also pledged a $500,000 donation to the ADL, but the organization declined the money, citing Irving’s initial apology as insincere.
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This is Irving’s first controversy. He missed the game after the January 6 Capitol riots. Before the New York City exception for performers, he played for the team on a part-time basis on the road due to not being vaccinated for COVID-19.