As Nets guard Kyrie Irving prepares to return to court on Sunday vs. Grizzlies Following a suspension issued by the team for sharing an anti-Semitic film on social media, the Brooklyn star sat down at Exclusive interview with SNY’s Ian Begley To discuss his suspension and a way back to court.
In the interview, Bigley asked Irving if he was antisemitic.
“No, I’m not anti-Semitic. I never have been. I have no hatred in my heart for Jewish people or anyone who identifies as Jewish. I’m not anti-Jewish or any of that. It was hard sitting at home with my family with them seeing all this and having questions and the part What wasn’t difficult was explaining myself, because I know who I am and what I stand for,” said Irving.
When asked about his intent to share the video, Irving expanded on his reasoning behind the film’s antisemitic tweet on social media.
Well, number one, I meant no harm, Irving said. “I didn’t want to be in a position where I would be against any community. As I said during the press conference after a game, I just went to look up my name Kyrie, which also translates in Hebrew to ‘Yahweh’ and I wanted to share the link with all those who were also on the same journey And searching for their heritage as I am.
“The unfortunate aspect of that documentary was the anti-Semitic remarks in terms of generalizing the Jewish people. I think that wasn’t fair, and that wasn’t the aspect of the post I wanted to focus on. It was meant to be the initial post for all those looking for more information , and more history, and are able to interpret it in a way that they see as progressive and learn something from it,” Irving said.
“Again, it’s just a post. There’s no context to put it in. I was watching a video to learn more about my heritage by diving deeper into my character. Unfortunately in the process I hurt some people, and I’m sorry for that,” Irving continued.
Bigley also asked Irving about it Half apologies who never explicitly said he was an anti-Semite. During that press conference earlier this month, he said he took responsibility for publishing the material, but did not explicitly apologize. When asked if he was an anti-Semite, he said “I couldn’t be an anti-Semite if I knew where I came from”.
Irving told Bigley, “I felt I was protecting my character and I reacted only out of pure defense and I was hurt that I could be called, or thought I was labeled an anti-Semite or an anti-Jew, and I felt like that was just very disrespectful to be asked if I was an anti-Semite or no “.
He continued, “Now to the outside world, that might have been seen as just a ‘yes’ or a ‘no. ‘ Which should have been, rightly so, ‘No, I’m not an anti-Semite. No, I’m not an anti-Jew. I’m a person’.” I think we should all have equal opportunities and we should all shower each other with love, and that should be on top.”
Irving was required to fulfill “a series of objective remedial measures that addressed the harmful effect of his conduct.” Last played for Nets on November 1 He missed eight games.
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