Kyrie Irving Ready To Move Forward With Brooklyn Nets After Returning From Suspension

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Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving says he’s ready to move on with the rest of the team, after putting up 14-points and five rebounds in the Nets’ dominant 127-115 win over the Memphis Grizzlies. The 30-year-veteran expressed how happy he was to be back in the lineup after missing eight games due to suspension.

β€œIt felt good. It felt good. I missed my teammates, missed the coaching staff. … It felt good to get this game out of the way. Now we can move forward with the rest of the season.”

When faced with questions from the media on Sunday, Irving not only apologized for the harmful impacts his conduct has caused but also emphasized that he is not antisemitic nor does he hold any antisemitic views. When asked if he would potentially take legal action against the Nets by filing a grievance, Irving did not commit. Irving deflected on most questions regarding issues that happened off the court, stating that his focus right now remains helping the Nets turn the season around and that he wants to start winning more games.

β€œI got to leave that to my legal team and leave that to the warriors I have around me. I have some strong people, men and women around me, that are going to do everything possible to make sure that I’m protected, my family’s protected, and we protect one another. So I’m sure some things will be done in the future, but there’s no timetable on that right now.”

The player’s suspension was originally meant to be for only four games. However, the punishment came with a list of six tasks the Nets were requiring Irving to complete before he could be permitted to return to the court. The tasks included fines, education, donations, counseling and completing sensitivity training. Additionally, the player was also required to meet with the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish leaders and meet with owner Joe Tsai to demonstrate a better understanding of the topic.

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