Brooklyn Nets condemn Kyrie Irving for promotion of antisemitic film
After Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving promoted an antisemitic movie and ebook on social media Thursday, his staff and team-owner Joe Tsai issued statements Friday condemning his actions.
“I’m disillusioned that Kyrie seems to assist a movie primarily based on a ebook stuffed with anti-semitic disinformation,” Tsai wrote on Twitter. “I need to sit down and ensure he understands that is hurtful to all of us, and as a person of religion, it’s unsuitable to advertise hate primarily based on race, ethnicity or faith.”
Irving posted a tweet Thursday linking to an Amazon web page for the film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” which is “full of antisemitic tropes,” in keeping with an earlier report from Rolling Stone. The film was launched in 2018 and is predicated on a 2015 ebook by the identical identify.
The Nets condemned Irving’s actions in a press release Friday.
“The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemn and don’t have any tolerance for the promotion of any type of hate speech,” the staff mentioned within the assertion. “We imagine that in these conditions, our first motion have to be open, sincere dialogue. We thank these, together with the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), who’ve been supportive throughout this time.”
In a tweet on Saturday, Irving mentioned he “meant no disrespect to anybody’s spiritual beliefs.”
“The ‘Anti-Semitic’ label that’s being pushed on me shouldn’t be justified and doesn’t mirror the truth or fact I reside in on a regular basis,” he wrote. “I embrace and need to study from all walks of life and religions.”
He has not eliminated his unique tweet.
Irving’s publish on Thursday follows a sequence of antisemitic feedback made by Ye, the rapper previously referred to as Kanye West, in latest weeks. Adidas, Hole, Foot Locker and different organizations have since lower ties with Ye and price him his billionaire standing.
The Anti-Defamation League, StopAntisemistism and the Worldwide Authorized Discussion board applauded the transfer by Adidas on Tuesday.
Irving was beforehand benched by the Nets in 2021 for refusing to get vaccinated towards Covid-19. It’s unclear whether or not his social media publish will influence his capability to play.
The Nets will play the Indiana Pacers on Saturday evening.