Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown appeared to have made clear his support for a group that has emerged outside the Barclays Center following Kyrie Irving’s return to the Brooklyn Nets following his suspension.
Black Hebrew Israelis put on a big show outside the arena. The group is linked to the antisemitic film on Amazon that Irving posted on his social media, which led to his eight-game suspension by the Nets.
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“energy,” Brown initially tweeted.
But hours after the group’s identity was revealed, the Celtics guard explained what his tweet meant.
“I didn’t know which band was outside Barclay’s Center tonight,” Brown wrote. C/Que’s) Omega psi phi (step’n) showing support.”
Brown voiced Nets owner Joe Tsai’s comments about Irving’s suspension, where he said the controversial quarterback “still has work to do”. Brown, one of the vice presidents of the National Basketball Players Association, initially described Tsai’s remarks about Irving’s return as “worrying”.
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“[Tsai’s] The response was worrisome to me,” Brown said via the New York Post, “not saying that the organization is working together to get Kyrie back on the field. he said [Kyrie] He had more work to do. And our society has more work to do, including Joe Tsai. The year is 2022. This is business owners, companies, etc. it takes 10 minutes to see who it is connected with, with whom it is doing business, with whom it is connected.”
“I’m the vice president of the association and it’s part of my job to legally protect our players. [co-founder and chairman of Nike] Phil Knight came out first and denounced Kyrie, and also saw Joe Tsai say he had a lot of work to do, so I think it’s time to talk more broadly.”
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The movie “Hebrews to Negroes: Awaken Black America”, which was at the center of the debate, had a statement that “reveals the true identity of the Israelites by proving the true ethnic origin of Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob.” Sons of Ham, Sam and Japheth. Find out what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have been hiding for centuries about the true Biblical identity of the so-called ‘Negro’ in this film full of tons of research.
Scott Thompson of Fox News contributed to this story.