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NBA Today: Nets suspends Kyrie Irving for five games

Adam Silver is disappointed after Kyrie Irving did not apologize for promoting Antisemitic video. You may visit us for more NBA today stories here!

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a strong statement stating that the agreement among Brooklyn Nets, Anti-Defamation League, and Kyrie Irving was not enough, as Irving doubled down on the issue by refusing to apologize. In a full statement released by NBA Communications, Silver said the BrooklynNets star had neither issued a “non-qualified apology” nor “denounced the vile and hateful content contained in the film he chose to publicize>’ The commissioner also reveals that he plans to meet with Irving “in person in the next week.”

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Here’s the full statement from the NBA Communications last November 3:

“Kyrie Irving made a reckless decision to post a link to a film containing deeply offensive Antisemitic material. 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. I will be meeting with Kyrie in person next week to discuss this situation.”

Kyrie Irving met with a large group of media at HSS Training Center as he explained the issue and declined to apologize, saying “I do not mean to cause anyone harm. I’m not the one who made the documentary.” He emphasized. ‘Some points that were made in (the film) were unfortunate.”

The Nets guard was also asked about his stands on antisemitism and if he was an Antisemitic, and he responded, “I cannot be Antisemitic if I know where I came from… “When I repeat myself that I’m not going to stand down – it has nothing to do with dismissing any other race or group of people. I’m just proud of my heritage and what we’ve been through.”

He also expressed that he was not bothered by media criticism

“I’m a beacon of light. I’m not afraid of these mics, these cameras. Any label you put on me I’m able to dismiss because I study. I know the Oxford dictionary.” 

With that continuous denial of Kyrie Irving to release an apology, Brooklyn Nets were triggered to suspend their Nets guard for five games without pay. The Organization said they were trying to help for days to make Irving understand that the film contains “deeply disturbing antisemitic hate” and they were “dismayed” as the guard failed to proved that he hold no antisemitic beliefs. 

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