Nets Suspend Kyrie Irving For At Least 5 Games
The Brooklyn Nets have officially suspended Kyrie Irving for at least the next 5 games, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports. The suspension came as a result of Irving promoting an antisemitic film across his social media. When addressed on the topic, Irving was not apologetic for his actions, resulting in the suspension. The suspension will come without pay and will last for at minimum the next 5 games, although it may be extended based on Irving’s actions.
Adam Silver sought an apology from Irving for posting the antisemitic film to his Twitter. However, Irving neither apologized for his actions nor said he does not have antisemitic beliefs. Irving has been given many opportunities over the past few days to give an apology for his actions but has failed to do so.
The Brooklyn Nets released a statement to Twitter in which they said, “We were dismayed today when given the opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film.” The Nets also said in their statement that Irving is currently not fit to be associated with the team.
Many have been calling for the suspension of Irving over the past few days. People have felt as though his acts have unacceptable and should constitute him not being allowed to play. It seems as though prior to suspension both the Nets and Adam Silver were attempting to give Kyrie the chance to make a statement saying he was wrong. Silver met with Irving prior to the suspension, giving him one last chance to make the right decision regarding his post. After Irving failed to take responsibility or apologize, Silver said that he was “disappointed” that Irving would not do the right thing.
This is not the first time Kyrie Irving has had controversy surrounding him. By the looks of it, this will not be the last either. The suspension of Kyrie has been something that many people have openly wanted over the past week. It seemed inevitable that his actions would result in some form of punishment. It will be interesting to see where the Nets and Adam Silver go next regarding his suspension.