Kyrie Irving posts apology on Instagram hours after Nets suspend him for anti-Semitism statements

A week after promoting a film filled with anti-Semitic tropes 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 disavows the content of the film.

Irving, 30, promoted “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” a film filled with anti-Semitic views on his Twitter and Instagram accounts on Oct. 27, then spent much of the past week refusing to acknowledge how hateful and divisive point the content is.

That changed late Thursday night, when, hours after receiving a suspension of at least five games without pay from the Brooklyn Nets, Irving posted a public apology on Instagram, which reads in full below.

“While researching YHWH, I released a documentary containing false anti-Semitic statements, narratives and language that were false and offensive to the Jewish race/religion, and I take full responsibility for my actions. I am grateful to have a great platform to share knowledge and want to move forward having an open dialogue to learn more and grow from this.

To all Jewish families and communities who are hurt and affected by my message, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain and I apologize. I initially reacted out of emotion at being unfairly labeled an anti-Semite, instead of focusing on the process of healing my Jewish brothers and sisters who were hurt by the hateful remarks made in the documentary. I want to clear up any confusion about my position in the fight against antisemitism by apologizing for posting the documentary without context and a factual explanation outlining the specific beliefs in the documentary with which I agreed and disagreed. . I had no intention of disrespecting any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuating hatred. I learn from this unfortunate event and hope that we can find understanding between all of us. I am no different from any other human being. I am a seeker of truth and knowledge, and I know who I am.”

The apology came 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 “lots of work to do”, and after the Nets suspended Irving for a minimum of five games saying he is “currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets”.

CBS Sports columnist Bill Reiter calls the apology a good first step. Although an act of contrition was made, it remains to be seen how this will affect the indefinite suspension. If the Nets (and the NBA) felt the current punishment was appropriate, Irving would miss games against the Wizards, Hornets, Mavericks, Knicks and Clippers, but, eligible to return to action on Sunday, November 13, when the Nets face the Lakers in Los Angeles.

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