The Brooklyn Nets decided to suspend Kyrie Irving for promoting a movie with anti-Semitic content. Irving admitted on Wednesday that the promotion of this film on his profiles had a "negative impact" on the Jewish community, so he promised to donate half a million dollars to organizations working to eradicate hatred and develop tolerance.
That was not enough for the club, so Brooklyn decided to suspend him for five games (he will not be paid during that period), and added in a statement that "they are shocked by the fact that he failed to unequivocally say that he has no anti-Semitic attitudes, and is currently not eligible to is being linked to the Brooklyn Nets”.
In fact, it can be heard behind the scenes that the reason is actually that Irving refused to publicly apologize as was directly demanded of him by Adam Silver, the commissioner of the NBA. “Irving is currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets." the statement read.
“While we appreciate the fact that he agreed to work with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League to combat antisemitism and other forms of discrimination, I am disappointed that he has not offered an unqualified apology and more specifically denounced the vile and harmful content contained in the film he chose to publicize,” the commissioner said.
Irving posted the poster of the movie "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America" ??on Twitter and Instagram. The film was directed by Ronald Dalton Junior, and it is a documentary based on the book of the same name from 2015 (the film was released in 2018), and among other things it states that "many famous high-ranking Jews admitted that they respected Satan or Lucifer."
Irving apologized later in an Instagram post
“To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize,” Irving wrote.
“I initially reacted out of emotion to being unjustly labelled Anti-Semitic, instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish Brothers and Sisters that were hurt from the hateful remarks made in the Documentary”. Irving said Wednesday, though he initially defended his right to post.