Report: Kyrie Irving Has To Complete A Six-Step Road Map Before He Can Rejoin The Nets
The Brooklyn Nets suspended star point guard Kyrie Irving for four games without pay for promoting a film containing antisemitic material on his social media account. Irving’s suspension was due to the player not immediately setting the record straight with the media by refusing to expressly disavow antisemitic views. Now, new reports say that the team is requiring Irving to complete six tasks before he is permitted to return to the team this season.
Those six tasks include apologizing or condemning the movie he promoted on social media, donating $500,000 to anti-hate causes and completing sensitivity training. Additionally, the player must also complete antisemitic training, meet with the Anti-Defamation League and other Jewish leaders and meet with owner Joe Tsai to demonstrate a better understanding of the topic. The next time he can return to the court if he completes the six tasks will be on November 13th against the Los Angeles Lakers.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who is reportedly Jewish, is demanding to meet with Irving this week. NBPA VP and Boston Celtic forward Grant Williams said the union will be holding a meeting soon. Williams talked to MassLive about the pending meeting, and how the expediency of the Nets and NBA adequately handling the issue have left them with little to discuss on that subject.
“I think we will, but currently there are a lot of matters as well. I think we’ll get together as a group potentially — everything has been through the team. It has not been a league issue to this point. It hasn’t been an NBA/NBPA issue. The Nets and the league have taken care of that and dealing with Kyrie and the process there. We don’t have much control on that matter.”
In the first game since the Nets suspended Irving, the Nets dominated the Wizards 128-86. The team is now 3-6 on the year, and the Wizards were handed its worst loss ever at home in franchise history. Following the game, reporters spoke with Wizards forward Deni Avdija who is from Israel and is believed to be the only Jewish player active in the league, about Irving’s controversy.
“[Irving] is a role model, he’s a great player. I think he [made] a mistake. But you need to understand that he gives [an] example to people. People look up to him,” Avdija said. “You can think whatever you want, you can do whatever you want. I don’t think it’s right to go out in public and publish it, and let little kids that follow you see it, and the generation to come after to think like that. Because it’s not true. And I don’t think it’s fair. Hopefully, he’s sorry for what he said. I think there needs to be consequences for the actions that a player [does]. I don’t know the punishment that the league gives, but I think that needs to be known that there’s no room for words like that.”
The New York Post has more HERE.