Brooklyn Nets slam Kyrie Irving for promoting anti-Semitic movie

Brooklyn Nets slam Kyrie Irving for promoting anti-Semitic movie

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets drives the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game 2 of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on June 7, 2021, in New York.

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After Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving promoted an anti-Semitic movie and book on social media Thursday, his team and team owner Joe Tsai issued statements Friday condemning his actions.

“I am disappointed that Kyrie appears to be supporting a movie based on a book full of anti-Semitic misinformation,” Tsai he wrote on Twitter. “I want to sit down and make sure he understands that this is harmful to all of us, and as a man of faith, it’s wrong to promote hatred based on race, ethnicity or religion.”

On Thursday, Irving posted a tweet with a link to the Amazon page for the movie “Black Hebrews: Black America Awakens,” which is “filled with anti-Semitic tropes,” according to an earlier report. The rolling stone. The film was released in 2018 and is based on the 2015 book of the same name.

Irving has not spoken publicly about his decision to promote the film.

“The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemn and have zero tolerance for the promotion of any form of hate speech,” the team said in a statement Friday. “We believe that in these situations, our first course of action must be open, honest dialogue. We thank those, including the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), who have supported us during this time.”

Irving’s post follows a series of anti-Semitic comments made by Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, in recent weeks. Adidas, Gap, Foot Locker and other organizations have since he cut ties with Ye and cost him billionaire status.

Anti-Defamation League, StopAntisemitism and International Legal Forum welcomed Adidas’ move on Tuesday.

Irving was previously on the bench for the Nets in 2021 refuses to be vaccinated against Covid-19. It is unclear whether his social media post will affect his ability to play.

The Nets will play the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

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