Irving met with NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Nets owner Joe Tsai during his suspension and both acknowledged they don't think he has any ideas anti-Jewish
Kyrie Irving could return to the Nets after apologizing again to the the Jewish community for his anti-Semitic comments. (USA TODAY)
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has apologized again to the Jewish community after he promoted a movie featuring anti-Semitic content, an action that earned him a suspension of at least 8 gamess in the NBA since November 3.
“I really want to focus on the damage I caused or the impact I made within the Jewish community. Put some sort of threat, or perceived threat, on the Jewish community,” Irving said in an interview with SportsNet New York (SNY).
“Just I want to deeply apologize for all my actions during the time that has passed since the post was first leaked,” he added.
“I've had a lot of time to think. But my focus, initially, if I could do it again, would be to heal and repair many of my close relationships with my Jewish relatives, brothers and sisters,” the Nets guard said.
The talented and controversial Irving, one of the stars of the Nets along with Kevin Durant, has been in the eye of the hurricane since the end of October after posting on his social media a link to the movie “Hebrews to negroes: wake up black America” (2018), which includes content deemed anti-Semitic.
After the publication of his interview, Irving could return from suspension to Sunday's game of the Nets against Memphis.
“I'm not an anti-Semite. I never have been,” Irving remarked to SNY. “I have no hatred in my heart for the Jewish people or anyone who identifies as a Jew. I'm not anti-Jewish or anything like that.”
The talented and controversial Irving, one of the stars of the Nets along with Kevin Durant, has been in the eye of the hurricane since the end of October after posting on his social networks a link to the movie “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” ( 2018), which includes content considered anti-Semitic. (USA TODAY)
“And it's been hard sitting at home with my family watching all of this and having questions… I'm not anyone's idol, but I'm a human being who wants to make an impact and change . To do that, I have to live responsibly and set a better example for our youth. For my generation…”.
“Unfortunately, in the process I hurt some people and I'm sorry. I didn't mean to hurt. I didn't want to be turned against any community,” Irving closed.
Irving met with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and the owner of the Nets Joe Tsai during his suspension and both acknowledged they don't think he has any anti-Semitic views.
Star point guard Ja Morant will be unavailable with Memphis due to a sprained left ankle suffered Friday.
In early November, Nike announced the suspension of its sponsorship relationship with Kyrie Irving, after the controversy caused by his publications on social networks.
In early November, Nike announced the suspension of its sponsorship relationship with Kyrie Irving, after the controversy caused by his publications on social networks. (USA TODAY)
“At Nike we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of anti-Semitism,” the company said in a statement picked up by US media.
“We have made the decision to end our relationship with Kyrie Irving immediately and will not be releasing the Kyrie 8. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by this situation and its impact on everyone,” he added.< /p>
Nike signed Irving in 2011, the year he made his NBA debut as the No. 1 draft pick, and launched its first line of shoes dedicated to the point guard in 2014.
< p class="paragraph">(With information from AFP)