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Kyrie Irving issues Instagram apology hours after Nets suspend him for statements on antisemitism

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A week after promoting the film, filled with anti-Semitic clichés, on his social media accounts, Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets apologized for his actions late Thursday night after days of calls for him to apologize and completely retract the film’s content.

Irving, 30, promoted From Jews to Blacks: Awaken Black America, a film filled with anti-Semitic views, on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on October 27, then spent most of the last week refusing to acknowledge how hateful and divisive the content is. there is.

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The tide turned late Thursday when, hours after the Brooklyn Nets suspended at least five games without pay, Irving posted a public apology on Instagram, read in full below.

“While researching YHWH, I posted a documentary that contained some false anti-Semitic statements, narratives, and language that were incorrect and offensive to the Jewish race/religion, and I take full responsibility for my actions. I am grateful to have a great platform for knowledge sharing and I 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.”

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The apology was issued after NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he was “disappointed” with Irving’s decision not to apologize, after Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt tweeted that Irving had “a lot of work”, and after The Nets suspended Irving for a minimum of five games, stating that he is “not currently eligible for the Brooklyn Nets.”

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CBS Sports columnist Bill Reiter calls apology good first step. Although an act of repentance has been made, it remains to be seen how this will affect the open-ended pendant. If the Nets (and the NBA) believe the current punishment is appropriate, Irving will miss games against the Wizards, Hornets, Mavericks, Knicks, and Clippers, but is eligible to return to play on Sunday, Nov. 13. when the Nets face the Lakers in Los Angeles.



Source: www.cbssports.com

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