Kyrie Irving may return to basketball court after televised interview apologizing for anti-Semitic comments: ‘I have no hate in my heart for Jewish people’

After being suspended from his team earlier this month for “failing to disavow anti-Semitism,” Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving may return to NBA court after a televised apology where he said he is not an anti-Semite and does not “condone any hateful rhetoric.” hatred or bigotry.”

“I’m not anti-Semitic,” Irving said in an interview with Sportsnet New York on Saturday. “I don’t have hate in my heart for Jewish people or any Jewish person. I’m not anti-Jewish or anything like that…but I think the hard side is just processing all of this and understanding the power of my voice, the influence I have.”

A Brooklyn Nets spokesperson confirmed that Irving’s status has been listed as “questionable” for tomorrow’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, indicating that he may return to the court. The designation is generally used for injured players returning to the game whose status has not been confirmed.

The Nets said in a statement that “Kerry took the lead on his trip and held talks with a number of members of the Jewish community.” “We are pleased that he is proceeding with the process in a meaningful way.”

A week before Irving was suspended for at least five games on Nov. 3, the 30-year-old NBA player shared a link on Twitter and Instagram to a documentary, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” without a caption. or a comment of its own to add context to the post.

The film argues that some people of color, including black Americans, are the true descendants of biblical Israelites and displays anti-Semitic stereotypes and metaphors about the Jewish people’s greed and control of the media.

The Brooklyn Nets denounced Irving’s participation in the film but did not immediately stop him. Irving was urged to apologize for sharing the video, but he did not do so directly at a press conference, instead stating “I couldn’t be an anti-Semite if I knew where I was coming from.” The New York Times reported that he was suspended hours after he refused to apologize.

The day after his suspension was announced, Nike parted ways with the NBA star, ending an eight-year partnership with the athlete who reportedly earned him $11 million a year.

In his interview on Saturday, Irving retracted his earlier refusal to apologize and said he was acting from a place of defensiveness when confronted about his Twitter post.

“My reaction from you was, purely defensive and just hurt that I could be described or thought I was being labeled as anti-Semitic or anti-Jewish and I felt it was just disrespectful to ask me whether or not I would be anti-Semitic or not.” “Now to the outside world, it might just have been seen as a yes or a no. You know, whichever was right should have been a no. I’m not an anti-Semite…and I take my responsibility and I want to apologize for that because it came out completely the wrong way.” .


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