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Kyrie Irving Antisemitism: Here’s What NBA Players Have to Say About Latest Kyrie Drama

Since Kyrie Irving joined the Brooklyn Nets, it’s been nothing but off-court drama with the franchise. Even before the Brooklyn team took on the NBA all-star guard, experts were already wondering whether his amazing skills and highlight reel layup package was worth the high potential that he would kill the Nets culture. We don’t think anyone would argue that Irving’s presence on the team has been more of a negative than a positive in his three short years.

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In the latest (and biggest) problem that the 6-2 guard has been embroiled in is his posting of the anti-Semitic “From Hebrews to Negros” film to his Twitter account. Since then Kyrie has taken very, very little responsibility for his actions. He has been unwilling to admit any fault and refuses to engage in meaningful conversations around it. The NBA suspended the mercurial Irving for five games and before he is able to return to the court, he must complete “a series of objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct,” as he is “currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets,” according to the press release.

Based on his previous actions, one can safely bet with a iGaming MI bonus code that Kyrie isn’t going to sacrifice his beliefs no matter what others believe and no matter the harm he may be causing. For some odd reason, Irving thinks he’s just a regular person and should be treated as anyone else. He doesn’t see himself as a role model. He doesn’t recognize that the average person doesn’t have 17 million followers on Instagram and certainly doesn’t have 4.6 million followers on Twitter.

The drama has been unusual not for the poor timing of the league and the Nets franchise, but the silence from other NBA players. Here’s what a handful of players have said about Kyrie’s suspension:

Though Kuzma clarified his tweet wasn’t in reference to Kyrie’s situation; he also didn’t specify what he was tweeting about.

Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics was bothered by Kyrie’s punishment.

“He made a mistake. He posted something,” Jaylen Brown told the Boston Globe that Kyrie’s suspension was too much. “There was no distinction. Maybe we can move forward, but the terms in which he has to fulfill to return, I think not just speaking for me, speaking as a vice president from a lot of our players, we didn’t agree with the terms that was required for him to come back. But we’ll go from there. That’s all I’ll say.”

NBA star and NBPA President CJ McCollum thought that Kyrie’s apology was the most-important item to note and that other NBA players can learn from this.

“I think the important part was he did apologize,” McCollum said, pointing to the apology Kyrie posted on Instagram hours after he was suspended. “He’s displayed empathy. I think this is a learning experience in which I don’t think he understood the magnitude of the movie because he didn’t watch it. I don’t think he understood the magnitude of the people that were affected, how they were impacted and how fast hate can spread and how this can snowball.”

Not that there’s ever a good time to promote this type of content, but Kyrie’s publicizing of the controversial video couldn’t have come at a worse time as Anti-Semitism and the rhetoric around it has been on the rise not to mention this all came on the heels of Kanye West’s Anti-Semitic comments.

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