The Brooklyn Nets have suspended Kyrie Irving.
Before being allowed to rejoin the team, Irving must complete a “series of objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct,” according to a press release from the Nets, which came hours after Irving addressed the media and “refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film.”
His suspension will last for “no less than five games.” Read the Nets’ statement below.
Kyrie Irving shared an extended apology on Instagram:
“While doing research on YHWH, I posted a Documentary that contained some false anti-Semitic statements, narratives, and language that were untrue and offensive to the Jewish Race/Religion, and I take full accountability and responsibly for my actions,” he wrote. “I am grateful to have a big platform to share knowledge and I want to move forward by having an open dialogue to learn more and grow from this.”
Kyrie continued, “To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize. I initially reacted out of emotion to being unjustly labeled Anti-Semitic, instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish Brothers and Sisters that were hurt from the hateful remarks made in the Documentary. I want to clarify any confusion on where I stand fighting against Anti- semticism [sic] by apologizing for posting the documentary without context and a factual explanation outlining the specific beliefs in the Documentary I agreed with and disagreed with. I had no intentions to disrespect any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuate any hate. I am learning from this unfortunate event and hope we can find understanding between us all. I am no different than any other human being. I am a seeker of truth and knowledge, and I know who I Am.”
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— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 3, 2022