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Nets suspend Kyrie Irving five games without pay for anti-Semitic comments

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Kyrie Irving may be one of the best players in the NBA and the second highest paid of the Brooklyn NetsHowever, the franchise had to make the decision to suspend him without pay for the next five games due to his anti-Semitic tweets, he made it known through a statement.

Irving was condemned last week by, among others, Nets owner Joe Tsai and the NBA for tweeting a link to the 2018 film “Hebrews to Blacks: Wake Up Black America.”which is based on the book of the same name by Ronald Dalton and has been criticized as anti-Semitic by civil rights groups.

The NBA Commissioner, Adam SilverHe said he was “disappointed” with Irving after the guard failed to offer an apology or report the “harmful content.” content in the movie you chose to advertise.” Silver will meet with Irving next week, the commissioner said in a statement Thursday.

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The Nets statement

“During the last few days, we have made repeated attempts to work with Kyrie Irving and help him understand the harm and danger of his words and actions, which began with him advertising a film containing disturbing anti-Semitic hate. We believed that choosing that path of education in this difficult situation would be the right path and we thought that we had made progress with our joint commitment to eradicate hate and intolerance.”

We were dismayed today when at a press conference Irving refused to say unequivocally that he has no anti-Semitic thoughts, nor did he acknowledge specifically hate material in the film. This was not the first time he had the opportunity, but failed, to clear up the situation.”

“Such a failure to disavow anti-Semitism with a clear opportunity to do so is deeply disturbing, goes against the values ​​of our organization and constitutes conduct that is detrimental to the team. Based on that, we’re of the opinion that he’s currently in no condition to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets. We have decided that Kyrie must serve a suspension without pay until he complies with a series of objective reparation measures. address the detrimental impact of their conduct. The period of suspension to serve will not be less than five games. reads the Nets statement.

In this way, Irving could return on Sunday, November 13 when the Nets play the Lakers.although this sanction could increase in case the guard decides not to comply with the measures imposed by the team.

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