Irving, suspended by the Nets, finally apologizes for an anti-Semitic tape

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Irving, suspended by the Nets, finally apologizes for an anti-Semitic tape

Kyrie Irving, had been suspended this Thursday by the Brooklyn Netsfor his refusal to apologize after promoting an anti-Semitic film, he finally asked for He apologized to the Jewish community tonight in a last-minute message posted on his Instagram account.

“To all the Jewish families and communities that are hurt and affected For my post, I am deeply sorry for causing you pain and I apologize,” he wrote.

“I want to clear up any confusion about where I stand in the fight against anti-Semitism (…). I did not mean to disrespect Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or to perpetuate any I don't hate it,” he said. the point guard, who admitted that the controversial documentary contained “false and anti-Semitic statements, narratives and language” that were “offensive” to Jews.

This retreat from Irving comes after several days of verbal pirouettes and constant evasiveness – including a final appearance before the media this Thursday – for not apologizing clearly and resoundingly and hours later that the patience of the Nets It was exhausted and they decided to suspend his job and salary for a minimum of five games.

The position of the Nets

that they made “repeated attempts” to work with Irving so that he “understood the harm and danger of his words and actions, beginning with him advertising a film that contained deeply disturbing anti-Semitic hatred.” p>

“We were dismayed that today, when he had a chance in front of the media, Kyrierejected to say unequivocally that he has no anti-Semitic beliefs and that he did not acknowledge any antisemitic beliefs. the especially hateful material in the film. This was not the first time he had the opportunity – and wasted it – to come clean,” the team added.

The Nets assured that this conduct “goes with other values” of the franchise and pointed out that Irving, At the moment, it is not available. able to be associated with the set.

“We have decided that KyrieYou will serve a furlough without pay until you complete a series of objective and remedial measures that address the harmful impact of your conduct, and the term of furlough will not be over. less than five games,” the Nets closed. The suspension will be indefinite, but not for less than five games.

The context of the controversy

< strong>Irving, who in the past has had other controversies such as his refusal to be vaccinated against the coronavirus, posted last week on his Twitter account, with 4.5 million followers, a link from Amazon to the < strong>film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” ​​(2018).

This tape is based on a book of the same title published in 2015 which, according to Rolling Stone magazine, includes a multitude of anti-Semitic claims such as that “many famous Jews” have “admitted” that they pray to “Satan or Lucifer.” In its Amazon description, the film claims to “discover the true identity of the Children of Israel.”

The promotion of this film by Irving received a lot of attention. harsh criticism from the Nets, the NBA, and the league's players' union. Last Saturday, Irvingassured that “the label of anti-Semite” that is being given to him. giving “does not reflect reality” and that he did not want to disrespect any religious faith. However, the player of the Nets faced shortly after at a press conference with a journalist who asked him The reasons for that promotion.

“Don't dehumanize me. I'm a human being, I can write what I want (on social networks), so say it and shut up so we can move on to the next step.” next question,” he said. then.

This Wednesday, Irving and the Nets announced that they will each donate half a million dollars to “causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and bigotry.”

“I oppose all forms of hate and oppression,” he said. “I am aware of the negative impact that my publication had on the Jewish community and I take responsibility. I do not believe that everything that is said in the documentary is true or that it reflects my morals and principles (…). I did not want harm to any group, race or religion,” he added.

However, the commissioner of the NBA,Adam Silver, this showed He expressed his disappointment on Thursday that Irving had not explicitly apologized. “Kyrie Irving made the reckless decision to post a link (on Twitter) to a movie that contains deeply offensive and anti-Semitic material,” Silver said. /p>

“While we appreciate the fact that you have agreed to work with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, I am disappointed that you have not He has offered an unconditional apology and, more specifically, that he has not denounced the vile and harmful content of the film that he chose to promote,” he added.