NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks out against Kyrie Irving’s anti-Semitic stance

NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks out against Kyrie Irving’s anti-Semitic stance

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets brings the ball up court during the fourth quarter of the game against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center on November 1, 2022 in New York.

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NBA commissioner Adam Silver is speaking out against Kyrie Irving after the Brooklyn Nets star posted a link to a movie containing offensive anti-Semitic material.

In a statement released Thursday, Silver called the decision to post the video “reckless” and said he would meet with Irving in person next week to discuss the situation.

“While we appreciate the fact that he has agreed to work with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, I am disappointed that he did not offer an unqualified apology and more specifically condemn the vile and harmful content. contained in the film he chose to release,” Silver’s statement said.

In an Oct. 27 tweet, Irving posted a link to the film “Hebrews to Blacks: Black America Awakens,” which promotes anti-Semitism and misinformation. The post has since been removed.

On Wednesday night, Irving and the Nets issued a joint statement after a growing reaction.

“I stand against all forms of hatred and oppression and stand firmly with communities that are marginalized and affected every day,” Irving said. “I am aware of the negative impact of my position on the Jewish community and I take responsibility.”

The team and Irving agreed to donate $500,000 to organizations working to eradicate hate and intolerance and said they would also work with the Anti-Defamation League.

“The events of the past week have stirred many emotions within the Nets organization, our Brooklyn community and the nation,” the Nets said in a statement. “The ensuing public discourse has brought great awareness to the challenges we face as a society when it comes to hate and hate speech.”

Anti-Defamation League Executive Director Jonathan Greenblatt told CNBC Squawk Box that anti-Semitic hate speech is always at its peak.

For example, several public companies, including adidas, Gap and Balenciaga recently cut ties with Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, following the rapper’s anti-Semitic remarks.

And after the billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk Twitter downloadposted by a group of online extremists hate messages targeted at Jews. Musk has touted free speech on the platform and pushed for looser content rules.

“This is really problematic and has real-world consequences,” Greenblatt said.

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