‘I take responsibility’ for post’s impact on Jewish community

The Brooklyn Nets and Kyrie Irving will each donate $500,000 “to causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities,” they announced in a joint statement Wednesday with the Anti -Defamation League.

“The Nets and Kyrie Irving will work with ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), a non-profit organization dedicated to fighting anti-Semitism and all types of hate that undermine justice and fair treatment for every individual” , the joint statement said. “This is an effort to develop educational programming that is inclusive and will comprehensively combat all forms of anti-Semitism and bigotry.”

The statement came following a social media post by Irving last week that promoted a film featuring anti-Semitic tropes. Irving’s post has since been condemned by Nets owner Joe Tsai, and the NBA responded by issuing a statement denouncing hate speech.

As part of Wednesday’s joint statement, Irving said he stands against “all forms of hatred and oppression and stands strong with communities who are marginalized and impacted every day.”

“I am aware of the negative impact of my position on the Jewish community and take responsibility for it,” Irving said in the joint statement. “I do not believe that everything said in the documentary is true or reflects my morals and principles. I am a human being who learns from all walks of life and I intend to do so with an open mind and a willingness to listen. So from my family and I, we meant no harm to any group, race or religion of people, and only wish to be a beacon of truth and light.”

Irving hadn’t spoken since Saturday, when he defended his post, saying he didn’t believe he had done anything wrong in promoting the film. He hasn’t spoken to reporters after either Nets game since.

“There is no room for anti-Semitism, racism, false narratives or misguided attempts to create animosity and hatred,” said Sam Zussman, CEO of BSE Global, parent company of the Nets. and Barclays Center. “Now, more than ever, there is a pressing need to provide education in these areas. We are putting our previous statements into practice because actions speak louder than words.”

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