Mon. Dec 5th, 2022

As expected, the Brooklyn Nets will lift their penalty on quarterback Kyrie Irving against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday.

Irving has been suspended since November 3 for posting a link to an antisemitic movie on Amazon on his social media. He spoke with journalists on Sunday before the game and once again said he was sorry for what he had done.

Speaking via ESPN, Irving said: “I don’t support anything close to hate speech, anti-Semitism or anything against the human race.” “I think we should all have the opportunity to speak for ourselves when things are assumed about us. And I think it was necessary for me to stand here and take responsibility for my actions because there was a way I had to get everything done.” from this.”

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Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving speaks before the New Orleans Pelicans game on October 19, 2022, in New York City.

Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving speaks before the New Orleans Pelicans game on October 19, 2022, in New York City.
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Irving initially did not give the right answer in the eyes of the Nets, as he did not publicly apologize when he first got a chance with the media. But after completing the six-step program the Nets gave him before he can come back, he knows he has to do things differently.

“Being around anyone who thought it was antisemitic should have been the first day I’ve dealt with all this,” Irving said. “And I had to make it clear that I am not antisemitic and that I am not against anything when it comes to the way I live my life. So the learning lesson for me was the power of my platform and the impact it could have. It made me understand more deeply the impact and the damage it has caused.”

Brooklyn made its own statement on Sunday after deciding to lift the suspension after eight missed games.

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“Kyrie has embraced her journey and has spoken to several members of the Jewish community. We are delighted that she has moved the process forward in a meaningful way,” said the Nets.

Brooklyn Nets' Kyrie Irving looks out during the game against the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on March 6, 2022.

Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving looks out during the game against the Celtics at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on March 6, 2022.
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Here is the six-step schedule for Irving via The Athletic:

  1. Apologize for sharing the link to the movie on October 27, denounce harmful and false content, and make it clear that you don’t have anti-Semitic beliefs.
  2. Complete the anti-hate lawsuits that Irving, the Nets, and the Anti-Defamation League agreed on in their joint November 2 release, including a $500,000 donation to causes and organizations working to eradicate hatred and intolerance in communities.
  3. Complete precision training created by Nets.
  4. Complete the anti-Semitic/anti-hate training designed by Nets.
  5. Meet with representatives of the Anti-Defamation League and leaders of the Jewish community in Brooklyn.
  6. After completing chapters 1 through 5, meet with owner Joe Tsai and lead franchise officials and demonstrate the lessons learned and understanding of the severity of the harm done in this situation, and reassure that such behavior will not be repeated.

Many debated whether the Nets went overboard with their penalties, as Boston Celtics forward Jaylen Brown described Nets owner Joe Tsai’s remarks about Irving’s return as “worrying”. Tsai said Irving “still has work to do” last week.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, a former teammate of Irving’s, believed the Nets had gone too far.

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Nets' Kyrie Irving during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 19, 2022.

Nets’ Kyrie Irving during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on October 19, 2022.
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NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who is Jewish, had a lengthy conversation with Irving and left saying that Irving was not prejudiced against Jews. However, Silver said he understood the Nets’ suspension because of the “uncharted territory” the team was watching.

The description of the film, which Irving posted on Amazon, says that the film “reveals the true identity of the Israelites by proving the true ethnic origin of Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Sons of Ham, Sam, and Japheth.” Find out what Islam is. Judaism and Christianity have been hidden for centuries as to the true biblical identity of the so-called ‘Negro’ in this film full of tons of research.

Irving later apologized to “All Jewish Families and Communities” hurt by his post, but only after the Nets suspended him.

Nets' Kyrie Irving during the NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2022 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Nets’ Kyrie Irving during the NBA Playoffs on April 25, 2022 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
(Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The 7-9 Nets take on one of the most dynamic goalscorers on the field with annual All-Star Kevin Durant. Before Irving was suspended, he averaged 26.9 points per game in 38.6 minutes per game. He also has 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game this season, but has only played eight games.