Mea culpa The Brooklyn Nets player had promoted on his social networks a film denying the reality of the Holocaust
Kyrie Irving during an NBA game, October 24 2022. — Brandon Dill/AP/SIPA
Kyrie Irving finally backtracks. The Brooklyn Nets player assured on Saturday wanting to apologize for promoting a film with anti-Semitic ideas on social media, saying: “I’s not anti-Semitic, I’m not anti-Semitic ever been.” this case. On October 27, the player – already; known to have relayed conspiracy theories – had published on his Instagram and Twitter accounts the poster of Hebrews to Negroes : Wake Up Black Americaand links to the Amazon site allowing you to rent or buy this film containing, among other things, a quote attributed to; Adolf Hitler and denying reality of the Holocaust.
Eight games without playing
“I really just want to focus on the harm I've done or the impact I've had. within the community Jew, posting some kind of threats or supposed threats, to against the community Jewish,” Kyrie Irving. “I just want to sincerely apologize for everything I have done since this post was posted. released,” he said, adding that he had had time to think.
The former Cleveland player was sanctioned by the Nets who suspended him for at least five games, without receiving pay, and ended up apologizing after staying on. finally eight games without playing. The equipment manufacturer Nike had also suspended its relationship with the NBA star by canceling the release of a shoe. its name due in November.
The player explained that he had felt a form of disrespect to against him in the face of accusations of anti-Semitism and that he then reacted defensively. “I know I could have handled it all a lot better,” he admitted in the interview. “I should have answer the questions and move on. something else.” “”I have no hatred in my heart to against Jews or anyone who identifies as a Jew. I am not anti-Jew,” of the player that he makes contact with the community; to better understand the significance of the messages he posted on social media. Irving qualified these moving and important discussions, ensuring that we learned a lot. “It’s not been done. easy, some (discussions) have been painful (…) but ç gave me a better perspective,” the player.