Nets give Kyrie Irving six requirements to complete before he can return to squad, report says

Nets give Kyrie Irving six requirements to complete before he can return to squad, report says

After days of calls for the Brooklyn Nets to suspend Kyrie Irving for promoting a movie filled with anti-Semitic tropes on his social media accounts, the franchise agreed to it on Thursday, suspending the All-Star guard for a minimum of five games without pay. . It came after giving Irving several attempts to apologize for promoting the film and disavowing anti-Semitism, as well as NBA commissioner Adam Silver issuing a public statement expressing deep disappointment.

To be reinstated by the team, Irving must meet six conditions, according to Shams Charania:

  • Apologize and condemn the film he promoted
  • Donate $500,000 to anti-hate causes
  • Complete Sensitivity Training
  • Comprehensive Anti-Semitism Training
  • Meeting with ADL and Jewish leaders
  • Meet with team owner Joe Tsai to demonstrate an understanding of the situation

Many felt the Nets took too long to come up with a suspension for Irving, but Tsai wanted to give his All-Star guard enough time to apologize. According to reports from ESPN, Tsai contacted Irving several times via text message over the past week in an attempt to figure out how to resolve the situation, but Irving never responded.

From ESPN:

“Amid calls for swift action, sources said Tsai resisted and insisted on taking the time to educate Irving about the horrors of anti-Semitism. He sought advice from the Anti-Defamation League , watched the three-and-a-half-hour hate-filled film Irving had shared, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” ​​- complete with its Holocaust denial and the quoting of anti-Semites such as Adolf Hitler and Henry Ford – and researched the Black Hebrew Israelite movement, whose beliefs Irving frequently references in public places.

For nearly a week, Tsai kept extending the clock to give Irving a chance to do it right for himself, the franchise, and the Jewish community — and Irving never fired a single one of them. his text messages, sources said.

When Irving refused to answer “No” when asked if he held anti-Semitic beliefs as he spoke to the media after practice on Thursday, and repeatedly said, “I can’t being anti-Semitic if I know where I’m from” became the final straw for Tsai and the Nets. Brooklyn decided to suspend him for at least five games without pay, saying in a statement that he was “currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets.” The Nets said in the statement that Irving will be able to join the team when he “satisfies a series of objective corrective measures.”

Irving apologized late Thursday night, hours after the Nets suspended him, saying in part, “To all Jewish families and communities who are hurt and affected by my post, I am deeply sorry for causing you pain, and I excuse me. It’s unclear if that apology will suffice or if Irving will have to make a verbal statement during his suspension. After Irving’s apology surfaced on Instagram, Nets general manager Sean Marks said his statement was a “a step in the right direction”, but that it is “definitely not enough”.

Irving will begin his five-game suspension Friday when the Nets face the Wizards. If Irving’s punishment were to be only the five games, he could return to the court on Nov. 13 when the Nets face the Lakers in Los Angeles.


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