Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters Friday that Kyrie Irving by Alex Schiffer of The Athletic.“it’s a step” to return to the team, but Irving’s suspension won’t end until he’s stronger. During a press conference in Washington, DC, Marks also said the Nets had no intention of giving up Irving,
The team announced Thursday that Irving, as he “doesn’t want to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets,” as he has announced a movie that is “in the midst of a very disturbing negative.” In order to return to the team, Irving must complete “a series of objective rehabilitation measures that address the negative impact of his conduct,” according to the release.
One such healing process, according to Marks, was a meeting with Jewish leaders, per ESPN’s Nick Friedell. Irving, the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League issued a joint statement on Wednesdaywhen he said, “I was informed that they wanted a meeting, and we arranged it.” The New York Daily News‘ Stefan Bondy said Irving invited his father and stepmother/manager to meet with ADL leaders.
On Thursday, before Irving’s Instagram post, ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said, “We were very pleased but after watching the press conference problems, it’s clear that Kyrie is not responsible for his actions,” and said that the ADL “could not in good conscience approve of it.” Irving’s previously announced contribution. On Friday, Greenblatt followed suit: “Even if we don’t accept the money from him, if Kyrie is open to talk to fix the damage he has done and to have a chance to heal and learn from the heart honestly, @ADL is open to working with him. . .with time and work.”
Marks said Friday that he has not spoken to Irving since the Instagram apology, via The Athletic. He also said that actions speak louder than words, echoes another Greenblatt tweet: “This is an inspiring performance from @KyrieIrving. But actions speak louder than words. With his column and previous failures to back down, the #antisemitic movie/book is now a best seller in in multiple categories on @amazon. There is more work to be done to eliminate this damage.”
Mark said, by Athleticthere is not enough communication between Irving and the team throughout the process of public opposition, and whether Irving will complete the necessary rehabilitation steps to rejoin the team that Irving owns.
Irving’s Instagram post, in full, reads:
While I was doing research about YHWH, I posted a Post that contained some false accusations, rumors, and untruthful language that was hateful to the Jewish People/Religion, and I took responsibility and accountability for my actions. I appreciate the opportunity to share knowledge and I want to move forward by having an open conversation to learn and grow from this.
To all the Jewish families and communities who are suffering and suffering from my post, I am very sorry for the pain you have caused, and I apologize. At first I responded because of the feeling that I was called Anti-Semitic, rather than focusing on the healing process of my Jewish brothers and sisters who were hurt by the hate speech made in the Articles. I would like to clarify the issues where I stand in the fight against Anti-Semitism by apologizing for releasing the documentary without any context and factual information that shows specific beliefs in In the article I agreed and disagreed. I did not intend to disparage the Jewish cultural history of the Holocaust or to perpetuate hatred. I am learning from this terrible event and hope that we can find some understanding between us all. I’m no different than anyone else. I am a seeker of truth and knowledge, and I know who I am.
The Nets visit the Twins on Friday. If Irving completes the rehab set by the team, he will return to the court when Brooklyn visits the Los Angeles Lakers on November 13.