“Should have been suspended” – deadline
The day Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash was fired after his team started the season 2-5, talking head TNTHe is an Emmy winner Inside the NBA revealed they were talking about a Nets player Kyrie Irving and the irony that while Nash was fired for his record that may or may not It’s entirely his fault, Irving faced no official sanctions last week after sharing an Amazon link to a movie containing anti-Semitic tropes.
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.
“Alex Jones is one of the most disgusting human beings in the world and to associate with him is to share his stench,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote at his instigation. Today, another group of NBA greats took up the mantle.
“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, which itself 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.”
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.
Inside the NBA‘s Shaquille O’Neal, who was an early adopter of Twitter and currently has 27 million followers on Instagram, said, “You have to be aware of what you’re doing…Some people are aware and some people aren’t. I can tell he’s not conscious. When you’re as good at basketball as he is, people listen to you.
“It hurts me that we have to sit here and talk about things that divide us. We have to sit here and answer for what this idiot did. I stand for the equality of all people.”
Host Ernie Johnson took a more macro view during the debate.
“I just think we’ve lost our way. I think we’ve lost our way in this country,” Johnson said. “We’ve lost the thought process: If I publish this, who will it hurt?
“Where’s the civility these days? Where is the empathy?” asked.