Kyrie Irving is responsible for tweeting about anti-Semitic films. He promised $500,000 to an organization that ‘works to end hatred and intolerance’.
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Kyrie Irving apologizes for anti-Semitic tweet
Kyrie Irving and Brooklyn Nets, along with the Anti-Defamation League, issued a joint statement to address anti-Semitic tweets from 30-year-old athletes.
In a statement, Nets and Irving pledged to donate $500,000 each to help ‘eradicate hatred’ against the Jewish community.
Irving said, ‘I am against hatred and oppression in all its forms and engage with marginalized and impacted communities every day. I am aware of the negative impact my posts have on the Jewish community and I take responsibility for it.’
Two days after posting a link to an anti-Semitic film (still posted), Kyrie Irving says:
– If you claim that posting a link is not publicity 🤔
– Acting the victim
– accusing journalists of “dehumanizing” by simply asking about itpic.twitter.com/qGdDVO7awA
— Kendall Baker (@kendallbaker) October 30, 2022
He continued, “I do not believe that the contents of the documentary are all true or reflect my morals and principles. I am a human being who learns from all walks of life, and I am willing to listen with an open mind.’
The NBA player said, ‘So me and my family want to be a beacon of truth and light without harming any one group, race or religion.’
Kyrie Irving started Twitter on October 27th to share links between Hebrews and blacks.
But Rolling Stone’s Jon Blistein described a ‘documentary’ full of ‘misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, especially anti-Semitism’.
Nevertheless, Brooklyn Nets’ savior Joe Tsai called Irving the next day for upholding his hatred of the Jews.
‘I want to sit down and make sure he understands that this hurts all of us,’ he said. As a person of faith, it is wrong to promote hatred on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion.’
“It’s bigger than basketball,” he added.
After the NBA failed to take disciplinary action against Irving, many people frowned in the NBA community.
Irving also held a post-match press conference on Sunday to explain the situation.
He told reporters, ‘Did I do something illegal? Did I hurt someone or harm someone? Am I going to go out and say I hate certain groups of people?’
Irving recalled seeing an anti-Semitic film after he went on to search for a Hebrew translation of his name translated as Yahweh.