Kyrie being Anti-Semtic

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Justin Autrum, reporter

The NBA star, Kyrie Irving was promoting an anti-Semitic documentary on his twitter account on October 27th, 2022.  Ever since then he has faced a lot of backlash for promoting the documentary. He was suspended by the NBA for 8 games but not fined by the NBA for what he said. Irving and his team, The Brooklyn Nets each donated $500,000 to the Anti-Defamation League. The Anti-Defamation League is an international Jewish non-governmental organization that is based in the United States, and it specializes in civil rights law.

Nick Lichtenstein says, “He was one of my favorite players and I thought he was one of the greats of the sport but as someone who is a follower of the Jewish religion it does change my opinion of him as a person and a little bit as a player. I always enjoyed watching him play.”

Jay Vincent also states, “Anti-Semitism is very bad and someone with a platform as big as Kyrie- spreading it is bad. He has fans that will listen to him and believe everything he says, so him promoting anti-Semitism may inadvertently cause his followers to think or act in an anti-Semitic way.”

On November 3rd Kyrie admitted that some of the films content was untrue and was “unfortunate”, but he did not apologize for his promoting of the film. Later that day the Nets said they will be suspending Kyrie without pay for at least five games for his failure to disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity to do so. After his apology, the General Manager of the Nets said that Kyrie would have to meet with the Jewish leaders and with also the team before he can return to play.