Kyrie Irving donates to anti-hate organizations and stands against hate and oppression, but NBA commissioner Adam Silver doesn’t think it’s enough.
The Brooklyn Nets star has come under fire after posting a link on social media to a movie and book containing anti-Semitic tropes. Nets owner Joe Tsi was called out and took down the post, but doubled down in a news conference saying, “I don’t stand for what I believe in.”
The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association issued statements condemning the hate speech, but Irving had not been named by name as of Thursday.
“Kyrie Irving made the reckless decision to post a link to a film with deeply offensive anti-Semitic content,” Silver said in a statement. “While we appreciate his agreement to work with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, I am disappointed that he did not issue an undeserved apology and specifically condemn the offensive and hurtful content included in the film he chose to release to the public. I will meet with Kyrie in person next week.” I will try to discuss this situation.
Irving and the Nets said Wednesday that they will each donate $500,000 to anti-hate organizations.
Irving, the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League released a joint statement Wednesday night announcing the donation.
“I stand against all forms of hate and oppression and stand strong with marginalized and hurting communities every day,” Irving said in a statement. “I am aware of the negative impact of my post on the Jewish community and I take responsibility. I do not believe that everything said in the documentary is true or reflects my morals and principles. I am a person who learns from all walks of life. I intend to do this from my heart and am willing to listen. Therefore, my family and I We have no prejudice against any group, race or religion and we only want to be a beacon of truth and light.
The Nets are scheduled to practice early Thursday ahead of their game against the Washington Wizards. It is unknown if Irving will address the media.