Nets’ Kyrie Irving Finally Apologizes Over Antisemitic Furor

Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving finally issued an apology for the antisemitic issues linked to him for the last several days.

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Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving has finally apologized for the antisemitic post that he shared on social media, saying that he had no intention to cause disrespect to the cultural history of Jewish families and communities. This apology comes right after the team announced Kyrie’s suspension. Kyrie Irving’s failure to condemn anti-semitic beliefs forced the Nets front office to suspend the star point guard for at least five games, per Shams Charania of The Athletic.

The Nets released an official team statement on the matter, saying that they are “dismayed” over Kyrie’s refusal to directly reject antisemitic beliefs. Kyrie’s behavior is a course of action that is “against the values” of the Nets organization, thus the decision to suspend the All-Star guard for at least five games without pay. It could be remembered that Kyrie shared a film titled “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America”, a movie brimming with false narratives around antisemitism.

Irving, who is in his fourth season with the Nets, has been a polarizing figure in the league, especially off the court. His decision to stay unvaccinated forced him to miss the team’s home games last season. The city’s vaccination protocols eventually eased, and Kyrie has been scintillating to start the new season. He’s putting up a tremendous stat line of 26.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 1.4 steals, and 1.1 blocks, joining forces with co-star Kevin Durant who is also having a stellar individual campaign.

There’s still no timetable for the exact date of Kyrie Irving’s return, but there are reports saying that the 30-year-old guard has been “distant” to everyone in the last few days.

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