Many believe the Brooklyn Nets are attempting to make an example out of star player Kyrie Irving. However, the Nets are doing everything and their power to assure he’s fit to be associated with going forward. As result, the franchise suspended him for at least five games with no pay, according to Ryan Morik for Fox News. Apparently, this is not a hard maximum, it can possibly be even longer.
The Nets have issued six conditions for Kyrie to return to the team, per @ShamsCharania
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) November 6, 2022
Before returning, the Nets are giving Irving a to-do list of six steps he must tackle before he can return back to the Nets, according to The Athletic.
The Brooklyn Nets revealed the six steps:
- Issue an apology for posting a link to the movie on Oct. 27, condemn the harmful and false content and make clear that he does not have anti-Jewish beliefs.
- Complete the anti-hate causes that Irving, the Nets, and the Anti-Defamation League agreed upon in their joint release on Nov. 2, including a $500,000 donation toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in communities.
- Complete sensitivity training created by the Nets.
- Complete antisemitic/anti-hate training designed by the Nets.
- Meet with representatives from the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish community leaders in Brooklyn.
- After completing 1 through 5, meet with owner Joe Tsai and lead franchise officials and demonstrate the lessons learned and that the gravity of the harm caused in the situation is understood and provide assurances that this type of behavior will not be repeated.
Brooklyn Nets Front Office Thoughts on Irving’s Return
They’re allowing grace and time for Irving before they allow him to realign with him. While Irving is said to believe have said the right things, they must see actions partnered with these words to prove their sincerity of them.
“We’re going to give him some time,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said Friday. “It’s up to him. Again, his actions will speak louder than words, and if he wants to participate in that, we’ll see where it goes.”