Thursday, November 3rd, the Brooklyn Nets suspended their point guard Kyrie Irving for at least 5 games without pay for his repeated failure to “unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs,” with Irving later issuing an apology for his social media post last week about a book and movie that features antisemitic tropes.
Irving had refused to apologize during a post-practice media session Thursday, and the Nets went on to say that he is “currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets”. The Nets said in a statement, “we were dismayed today, when given an opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in this film. This was not the first time he had the opportunity — but failed — to clarify”.
About four hours after the Nets announced his suspension, Irving issued an apology, which many, including NBA commissioner Adam Silver wanted sooner.