NBA star Kyrie Irving has been suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for an anti-Semitic post. The 30-year-old apologizes on Instagram.
Excitement about NBA superstar Kyrie Irving! The Brooklyn Nets pro is suspended by his employer for the next five NBA games. The 30-year-old recently caused a scandal with an anti-Semitic post. Irving shared a link to the film Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America on his Twitter account. US media classify the film as anti-Semitic, racist, Islamophobic, misogynistic and homophobic.
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On Wednesday, the superstar and his basketball club released a joint statement and said they would donate $500,000 to an anti-discrimination organization. Irving, however, refrained from a public apology – to the annoyance of the Nets. They reacted and temporarily threw the 30-year-old out of the squad. “Failing to distance oneself from anti-Semitism on such a clear occasion is deeply disturbing,” the NBA club wrote in a statement.
After the suspension, Irving apologized for his behavior in an Instagram post. “I initially reacted emotionally at being unfairly labeled as an anti-Semite instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish brothers and sisters who were hurt by hateful remarks in the documentary,” the basketball superstar explained.