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Kyrie Irving apologizes for posting video with ‘false, antisemitic statements’ after Nets suspension

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Kyrie Irving apologized Thursday for posting a documentary featuring anti-Semitic conspiracy theories and lies on Twitter hours after he was suspended for five games without being paid by the Brooklyn Nets.

The apology, posted on Instagram, comes just over a week after the Nets star posted an offensive tweet that has since been deleted.

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Irving acknowledged that the video “contained some false anti-Semitic statements, narratives and language that were false and offensive to the Jewish race/religion.” He then apologized directly to the Jewish community, although he indicated that he still agreed with parts of the documentary.

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Irving’s full apology:

While doing research on YHWH, I published a documentary containing several false anti-Semitic statements, narratives and language that were false and offensive to the Jewish race/religion, and I take full responsibility and responsibility for my actions. I am grateful that I have a great knowledge sharing platform and want to move forward with an open dialogue to learn more and grow from it.

To all the Jewish families and communities affected by my fast, I deeply regret the pain I have caused you and I apologize. At first, I reacted emotionally to being unfairly labeled an anti-Semite, instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish brothers and sisters who suffered from the hateful remarks made in the documentary. I want to clear up any confusion about how I combat antisemitism by apologizing for posting the Documentary without context and for the factual explanation outlining specific beliefs in the Documentary that I agree with and disagree with. It was not my intention to disrespect any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or to perpetuate any hatred. I am learning from this unfortunate event and hope that we can find mutual understanding between all of us. I am no different from any other person. I am a seeker of truth and knowledge and I know who I Am.

KYRIE

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Kyrie Irving repeatedly defended the publication of an anti-Semitic video before apologizing

Irving’s apology comes after a week-long storm from several corners of the NBA and one previous attempt to remedy the situation with a $500,000 donation. the Anti-Defamation League has since rejected.

The video contained a number of highly problematic claims, including a fake quote from Adolf Hitler, whose name was misspelled.

Those who criticized Irving included Nets owner Joseph Tsai, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, and a number of former NBA players, including Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Amar’e Stoudemire, Irving’s former assistant coach. networks, NBA as well as National Basketball Associationof which Irving is vice president, also issued statements condemning hate and anti-Semitism, but did not name Irving by name.

Initially, Irving shrugged off allegations of anti-Semitism and argued that posting the documentary on Twitter to his 4.6 million followers was not akin to promoting it, but things escalated Thursday morning during a disastrous meeting with reporters.

When asked directly, yes or no, whether he had anti-Semitic beliefs, Irving did not say no.

Instead, he said, “I can’t be an anti-Semite if I know where I come from,” repeating one story from the documentary. This and several other moments caused Irving’s biggest wave of criticism, and suspension from the Nets soon followed.

Irving’s apology likely won’t result in the Nets vacating the suspension, and the team said in a statement announcing the suspension that he would have to take “a number of objective remedial actions to address the detrimental effects of his behavior.”

The apology that followed is the first step, but many fans are wondering why they couldn’t show up a few days earlier.

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, October 12, 2022 in Milwaukee.  (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)
Kyrie Irving was suspended by the Nets for posting an anti-Semitic video. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)




Source: sports.yahoo.com

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