The Nets are giving Kyrie Irving six requirements to fulfill before he can return to the team, according to a report

The Nets are giving Kyrie Irving six requirements to fulfill before he can return to the team, according to a report

After a few days of calling for Brooklyn Nets to suspend Kyrie Irving for promoting the film filled with anti-Semitic imagery on its social media accounts, the franchise ended it on Thursday, suspending the All-Star guard on at least five games without pay. This followed several attempts by Irving to apologize for promoting the film and disavow anti-Semitism, as well as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issues a public statement expressing his deep disappointment.

In order for the team to bring him back, Irving must meet six conditions, according to Shams Charania:

  • Apologize and condemn the film he promoted
  • Donate $500,000 to fight hate
  • Complete sensitivity training
  • Complete anti-Semitism training
  • Meet with ADL and Jewish leaders
  • Meet with team owner Joe Tsai to show understanding of the situation

Many felt the Nets took too long to get around to suspending Irving, but Tsai wanted to give his All-Star guard plenty of time to apologize. According to reports ESPNTsai reached out to Irving multiple times via text message over the past week in an attempt to try to figure out how to resolve the situation, but Irving never responded.

According to ESPN:

“Amid calls for swift action, sources said Tsai resisted and insisted he take the time to educate Irving about the horrors of anti-Semitism. He hired Anti-Defamation League counsel, watched the full three-and-a-half hours of the hate-filled video Irving shared, “Hebrews to Blacks: Black America Awakens” — along with his Holocaust denial and citations of antisemites such as Adolf Hitler and Henry Ford — and explored the black Hebrew Israelite movement, whose beliefs Irving frequently references in public.

For nearly a week, Tsai extended the clock to give Irving a chance to make it right for himself, the franchise and the Jewish community — and Irving never returned any of his text messages, the sources said.”

When Irving refused to say “No” when asked if he held anti-Semitic beliefs while speaking to the media Thursday after practice, and instead repeatedly said, “I can’t be anti-Semitic knowing where I’m coming from,” that became the final straw. for Tsai and the Nets. Brooklyn decided to suspend him for at least five games without pay, saying in a statement that he is “currently unable to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets.” The Nets said in a statement that Irving will be eligible to rejoin the team once he “satisfies a series of objective remedial measures.”

Irving issued an apology late Thursday night hours after the Nets suspended him, saying in part, “To all the Jewish families and communities who were hurt and affected by my post, I am deeply sorry for the pain I caused you and I apologize.” It’s unclear if that apology will be enough, or if Irving will have to make a verbal statement during the suspension. After Irving’s apology appeared on Instagram, Nets general manager Sean Marks said his statement was a “a step in the right direction,” but that it is “certainly not enough”.

Irving will begin a five-game suspension Friday when the Nets play Wizards. If Irving’s suspension ends up being just five games, he would be eligible to return on Nov. 13 when the Nets face the Lakers in Los Angeles.

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