Kyrie Irving Returns To Play For Nets After Suspension, Talks About Controversy

Kyrie Irving rejoined the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday following his suspension after he tweeted a hyperlink to an antisemitic movie and initially refused to apologize.

The star guard provided his “deep apologies” in a pre-game press convention held on Sunday morning, in keeping with a clip posted by ESPN. He later scored 14 factors within the recreation in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies, serving to the Nets win 127-115.

“I just wanna offer my deep apologies to all those who were impacted over these last few weeks,” he stated. “Specifically my Jewish relatives, my Black relatives, all races and cultures. I feel like we all felt an impact.”

“I don’t stand for anything close to hate speech, or antisemitism, or anything that is anti going against the human race,” he continued. “I feel like we all should have an opportunity to speak for ourselves when things are assumed about us.”

Irving then stated he needed to take accountability for his actions as a result of “there was a way I should’ve handled all of this.”

The Nets guard was extensively criticized for tweeting a hyperlink to a documentary with antisemitic materials titled, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” on Oct. 26.

When requested instantly by reporters on Nov. 3 whether or not he was sorry for posting the hyperlink, Irving declined to explicitly apologize. He additionally sidestepped a query about whether or not he harbored any antisemitic beliefs by saying, “I cannot be antisemitic if I know where I come from.”

The Nets suspended Irving on Nov. 3, saying in an announcement on the time that he was “currently unfit to be associated” with the group. The group criticized the guard’s refusal to “disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity.”

Irving issued an apology on Instagram later that day. He has missed eight video games because the begin of his suspension.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving dribbles in opposition to the Memphis Grizzlies throughout the first half of an NBA basketball recreation Sunday in New York.

Eduardo Munoz Alvarez through Related Press

In his press convention on Sunday morning, Irving stated that he got here throughout the documentary in his seek for a “deeper understanding of my heritage and where I come from.”

When requested in a press convention after Sunday’s recreation if he was contemplating submitting a grievance in opposition to the group over his suspension, Irving stated he was leaving that dialogue to his authorized group.

“I’m sure some things will be done in the future, there’s no timetable on that now,” he stated.

Sean Marks, the Nets basic supervisor, had instructed The New York Instances earlier this month that the group had deliberate to place forth “some remedial steps and measures” in place for Irving to return to the group.

The Nets launched an announcement on Sunday applauding Irving for his actions in his journey again to the group, the Related Press reported.

“Kyrie took ownership of this journey and had conversations with several members of the Jewish community,” the group stated. “We are pleased that he is going about the process in a meaningful way.”