Kyrie Irving issues joint statement with ADL saying, “I acknowledge the negative impact of my post,” donates $500,000 to “Eradicate Hate”
After a week of controversy and diversion, Brooklyn Nets‘ superstar Kyrie Irving he admitted that posting a link to an anti-Semitic documentary on his Instagram account had a “negative impact… on the Jewish community and I take responsibility.”
Irving went on to say, “I’m 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.”
Irving’s statement was part of a joint statement released by the All-Star point guard, the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League. The Nets and Irving pledged to donate $500,000 each “to causes and organizations working to eradicate hate in our communities.” It indicated that the team and player would cooperate with the ADL in making those donations.
In a social media post containing the statement, the ADL went on to say, “In light of the events of the past week, we commend @BrooklynNets and @KyrieIrving to hear the concerns of all who spoke against #antisemitism and taking it as an opportunity to learn and do better.”
On the podium after the game, which was repeated a lot debate with ESPN reporter Nick Friedell and others, Irving argued that he did not promote the ideas contained in the video, or even the video itself. He said that merely posting a link on the Amazon.com page for the film to his 17 million Instagram followers without comment was not promotion, although the post later disappeared.
“I think the NBA dropped the ball. I think he should have been suspended. I think it’s Adam [Silver] he should have been suspended,” he said Charles Barkley, who himself is no stranger to controversy. “They made a mistake… [and] I can’t believe we’re talking about this idiot.”
He continued: “We suspended and fined people who made homophobic slurs. I think if you insult the black community, you should be suspended or fined.”
Irving, who is averaging 32 points in the first six games of the season, uncharacteristically scored just 4 points last night in a loss to the Chicago Bulls.
This isn’t the first time Irving has shared information about a controversial video. Last month, on the same day that Alex Jones went on trial for his false claims about the Sandy Hook school massacre, the Nets point guard shared a video from 2002 of Alex Jones denouncing “New World Order”, on his Instagram story. Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – considered by many to be the greatest player to ever grace an NBA roster – later called Irving out.
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