Kyrie Irving has apologized for promoting an anti-Semitic movie on his social media accounts.
The Brooklyn Nets suspended the point guard for “no less than five games,” with the possibility of a longer suspension “until he completes a series of corrective measures that address the severity of his work.”
It appears that Irving’s Instagram post is his way of dealing with that part of the suspension.
“While doing research on YHWH (Yahweh), I posted a documentary that contained false accusations, rumors, and language that was false and offensive to the Jewish People/Religion. ” Irving wrote. “I am grateful to have such a great 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 that suffer and are affected by my post, I am very sorry for the pain you caused, I apologize. At first I answered with a heart that I did not call a Anti-Semitic, instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish brothers and sisters who were hurt by the negative comments made in the Article.
“I would like to clarify where I stand in the fight against Anti-Semitism by apologizing for releasing the documentary without context and a clear explanation that shows specific beliefs in the Articles 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 am no different than any other person. I am a seeker of truth and knowledge, and I know who I am.
Prior to his suspension, Irving apologized in his first media appearance after confronting a reporter last Saturday. The controversy started when the 30-year-old shared a link on his Twitter and Instagram pages promoting a 2018 film titled, ?Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.? The poster caused controversy because the film contained many anti-Semitic ideas and references.
Irving released a statement Wednesday, and after the Nets released a statement the organization and the seven-time All-Star pledged $500,000 each to the Anti-Defamation League.
The ADL said it would not accept the donation after Irving refused to apologize and denounce anti-Semitism.
The Nets didn’t immediately respond after Irving’s statement was released, but the All-NBA guard was suspended for five games.