Brooklyn Nets and star PG Kyrie Irving seemed to reach their breaking point, Thursday night. The Brooklyn Nets announced that Irving will be getting suspended for at least five games without pay, according to Sporting News. Irving failed to apologize for a social media post that included a link to a problematic documentary.
However, the seven-time All-Star told reporters that he took all responsibility for promoting hateful speech. Many are disgruntled with the decision of the Nets, however, action must have been taken against the backlash. Over the years, Irving has caused ripples through the organization through his antics.
“We were dismayed today when given an opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film,” the statement said. “This was not the first time he had the opportunity — but failed — to clarify.
“Such failure to disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity to do so is deeply disturbing, is against the values of our organization, and constitutes conduct detrimental to the team. Accordingly, we are of the view that he is currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets.”
As a result, Irving did eventually apologize via Instagram but reluctantly.
“I had no intentions to disrespect any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuate any hate,” Irving said. “I am learning from this unfortunate event and hope we can find understanding between us all.”