Report: Kyrie Irving To Miss 7th Consecutive Game Vs Sacramento
Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving is now ruled out ahead of the team’s game against the Sacramento Kings. Irving will miss his 7th consecutive game so far since he was suspended by the team for allegedly retweeting the film “Hebrew to Negroes: Wake Up Black America!” on his official Twitter account. The film contained substantial amounts of antisemitic material, which the veteran failed to disavow when initially speaking to media.
The veteran’s suspension includes completing six tasks before being permitted to return to the team. The tasks include fines, education, donations, counseling and completing sensitivity training. Additionally, the player must also 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 veteran player completed some but nor all of those tasks as Owner Joe Tsai recently said much work remains to be done by Irving before he can return. The possibility of the NBA Players Association intervening on Irving’s behalf by filing an appeal remains likely, according to NBA Insider Marc Stein.
“Word is Irving is itching to get back on the floor and there have been rumbles for days that the National Basketball Players Association, at some stage, could move to file a grievance on Irving’s behalf if the various parties involved can’t reach a resolution on a return timetable.”
The Vice President of the union, Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown, alluded to the possibility of the NBPA filing an appeal when asked for comments on the Nets handling of Irving’s discipline. Brown expressed that multiple players have been made uncomfortable by the terms the Nets are forcing the 30-year-old to complete, on top of saying that the whole situation was the result of a simple mistake made by Irving.
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