Brooklyn Nets proprietor Joe Tsai says he believes Nets star Kyrie Irving “does not have any beliefs of hate towards Jewish people.”
Tsai tweeted on Friday: “Clara and I met with Kyrie and his household yesterday. We spent high quality time to know one another and it’s clear to me that Kyrie doesn’t have any beliefs of hate in direction of Jewish individuals or any group.
“The Nets and Kyrie, together with the NBA and NBPA, are working constructively toward a process of forgiveness, healing and education.”
Tsai’s tweet refers back to the Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation (NBPA) the place Irving presently serves as one in every of six vice presidents on the nine-person govt committee.
The Nets suspended Irving final week after he doubled down on his choice to share an Amazon hyperlink to a documentary criticized as antisemitic to his hundreds of thousands of social media followers. The 30-year-old NBA star apologized on his Instagram account after his suspension was introduced.
Earlier within the week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver mentioned he believes that Irving shouldn’t be antisemitic following a gathering between the 2.
Silver, who’s Jewish, instructed the New York Occasions that the 2 had “a direct and candid conversation” on the league’s headquarters in New York.
“He’s someone I’ve known for a decade, and I’ve never heard an antisemitic word from him or, frankly, hate directed at any group,” Silver mentioned.
In a follow-up name with the newspaper, Silver added: “Whether or not he is antisemitic is not relevant to the damage caused by the posting of hateful content.”
Irving might return to NBA motion as quickly as Sunday when the Nets tackle the Los Angeles Lakers on the Crypto.com Area.
Silver mentioned the Nets together with the league will seek the advice of to resolve when Irving can return from suspension.
Along with the suspension, Irving is required to finish different steps to return to the court docket.
Brooklyn Nets normal supervisor Sean Marks mentioned beforehand that Irving would wish to go “some remedial steps and measures” for the star to rejoin the staff.