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The Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving and the Anti-Defamation League released a joint statement on Wednesday following Irving’s social media posts containing a link to an anti-Semitic film last week.
The statement included a pledge from the Nets and Irving to donate $500,000 each to “causes and organizations working to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities.”
Howard Beck @HowardBeck
The Nets, Kyrie Irving and the Anti-Defamation League just released this statement. Kyrie and the Nets will each donate $500,000 “to causes and organizations working to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities.” pic.twitter.com/fMCtankPwS
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
In the statement, Irving says “I take responsibility” for the negative impact of his Instagram post. He also said, “I don’t believe anything said in the documentary is true or reflects my morals and principles.”
Irving’s statement does not include an apology. https://t.co/XJojoxkvhe
Irving provided a statement:
“I oppose all forms of hatred and oppression and I stand firm with the communities that are marginalized and impacted on a daily basis. I am aware of the negative impact of my message towards the Jewish community and I take responsibility for it. responsibility. I do not believe everything said in the documentary was true or reflects my morals and principles. I am a human being who learns from all walks of life and I intend to do so with an open mind and a willingness to listen. So, from my family and I, we meant no harm to any group, race or religion of people, and wish to only be a beacon of truth and light.”
Irving shared a link to the 2018 film Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black Americaan “alleged documentary” that is “stuffed with anti-Semitic tropes”, lies and “ideas consistent with the most extreme factions of Black Hebrew Israelites, who have a long history of misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia and especially of anti-Semitism”, by rolling stoneit is Jon Blistin.
Pablo Torre @PabloTorre
PS This is from the book the movie is based on. It’s written by the same director, and it has the exact same title. He calls the fact that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust one of the “five major lies” (and blames “Jew-controlled media”). Not subtle! pic.twitter.com/1rorzaIaDl
Irving was unapologetic as he discussed his posts at a contentious postgame press conference on Saturday.
“Did I do something illegal? Did I hurt anyone, did I hurt anyone? Did I go out and say I hate a particular group of people?” he told reporters. “It’s on Amazon, a public platform, whether you want to watch it or not is up to you. There are things that get posted every day. I’m no different from the next human being, so don’t treat me any different.”
Nets Governor Joe Tsai, however, denounced Irving’s decision:
And Irving was not available to reporters after Monday’s 108-99 loss to the Chicago Bulls.
Neither the Nets nor the NBA took any disciplinary action against Irving, which raised eyebrows in the NBA community.
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Perfect words from @HowardBeck “COVID-19 is real, vaccines work, the Earth is round and the Holocaust has happened.
Refusing to accept these things does not make Kyrie Irving courageous or independent or a free thinker. That makes him Alex Jones with a jump shot.” https://t.co/Q7csBSE3i8
NBA on TNT @NBAonTNT
“It hurts me sometimes when we have to sit here and talk about things that divide the game.”
Shaq on Kyrie Irving peak. twitter.com/r3haGIj0U9
“I think he should have been suspended,” Charles Barkley said at Monday’s press conference. Inside the NBA. “I think Adam [Silver] should have suspended it.”
NBA on TNT @NBAonTNT
“I think he should have been suspended.”
Chuck reacts to Kyrie Irving’s social media posts promoting anti-Semitic film pic.twitter.com/IOLVVrSv0l
“I think the NBA, they made a mistake,” he added. “We suspended people and fined those who slurred homophobia. And it was the right thing to do. If you insult the black community, you should be suspended or heavily fined.”