Kyrie Irving is getting a slap on the wrist by the NBA after social media uproar caused by the the Brooklyn Nets star’s antisemitic film controversy, Clutch Points reports. The basketball player sat down with league commissioner Adam Silver earlier this week for what was probably a stern chat.
Shams Charania, an NBA insider, shared on Twitter that Irving and Silver had a “productive and understanding” meeting together in efforts to get the Nets guard back to focusing on basketball.
“Sources: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Kyrie Irving met this morning and the sides had a productive and understanding visit, paving the way for the Nets and their suspended star to work through his steps on a potential path forward,” he wrote.
Sources: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Kyrie Irving met this morning and the sides had a productive and understanding visit, paving the way for the Nets and their suspended star to work through his steps on a potential path forward.
The 30-year-old was instructed to complete the following in order to end his suspension. He must apologize over and condemning the movie he shared, make a $500,000 donation to anti-hate causes, go through sensitivity and antisemitic training, meet the leaders of the Anti-Defamation League plus Jewish leaders and, lastly, sit down with Joe Tsai. A meeting with Silver wasn’t included in the list, but it marks a step forward for the point guard.
Irving received a minimum five-game suspension after he posted a link to a documentary containing antisemitic messages. According to CNN, he initially refused to apologize for the tweet. However, after the team’s decision to bench him, he shared the following apology on Instagram.
“While doing research on YHWH, I posted a Documentary that contained some false anti-Semitic statements, narratives, and language that were untrue and offensive to the Jewish Race/Religion, and I take full accountability and responsibly for my actions. I am grateful to have a big platform to share knowledge and I want to move forward by having an open dialogue to learn more and grow from this,” he wrote.
He then addressed those who may have been harmed by his tweet.
“To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize,” he added. “I initially reacted out of emotion to being unjustly labeled Anti-Semitic, instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish Brothers and Sisters that were hurt from the hateful remarks made in the Documentary.”