NBA Star Kyrie Irving Suspended For 5 Matches Over Anti-Semitic Posts

NBA star Kyrie Irving suspended for 5 games for anti-Semitic posts

The NBA star claims he has “no intention” to disrespect any Jewish cultural history.

American basketball player Kyrie Irving apologized on Thursday after he was suspended by his club, the Brooklyn Nets, amid accusations of anti-Semitism.

The NBA (National Basketball Association) star received a five-game ban after he defended his decision to post a link to a documentary that was criticized as anti-signing on social media. Taking to Twitter, the Brooklyn Nets said that Mr Irving had repeatedly refused to deny anti-Semitism or claim that he was not anti-Semitic, which “constitutes conduct detrimental to the team”.

“Accordingly, we consider him unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets. We have decided that Kyrie will be suspended without pay until he meets a series of objective remedies. aimed at addressing the harmful impact of his behaviour, and the team added in a statement.

However, hours after the club made the strong statement, Mr Irving posted an apology on his verified Instagram account, saying he was solely responsible for the decision to share the content. with his nearly five million followers on Twitter.

“To all the Jewish families and communities hurt and affected by my post, I am deeply sorry for causing you pain and I am sorry,” he wrote and said. added, “I initially reacted to being gratuitously labeled as Anti-Semitic, instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish brothers and sisters who were traumatized by hateful remarks. featured in the Documentary”.

The NBA star also stated he had “no intention” to disrespect any Holocaust-related Jewish cultural history or perpetuate any hatred. “I am learning from this unfortunate event and hopefully we can find understanding among all of us,” Mr. Irving continued.

But even as the basketball player retracted his original statement, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) said it could not “in good conscience” have Irving donate $500,000 to the anti-hate organization. . Follow CNNThe ADL states that it is clear that “Kyrie feels no accountability for her actions”.

“(Irving) has been given ample opportunity to do the right thing, apologize and condemn #antisemitis. He has failed at almost every step along the way. This suspension is well deserved.” , the organization added.

Notably, Mr Irving tweeted a link to a 2018 film’Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America, ‘ is based on the book of the same name by Ronald Dalton and has been denounced by civil rights groups. But after an outcry, he deleted his original post and pledged to donate $500,000 to anti-hate organizations.

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