British Premier League sources familiar with the situation said Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is expected to be cleared to play Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. the athlete. Here’s what you need to know:
- Irving will miss his eighth consecutive game Thursday night against Portland while serving a suspension imposed by the team for posting a link to a film containing anti-Semitic material on Oct. 27.
- Sources close to the Nets and the league say both sides are pleased with what Irving did throughout the process, especially given the number of community leaders he met.
- One source, who was granted anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said Irving chose to “go above and beyond what was asked of him.”
- Irving, a seven-time All-Star guard who’s averaging 26.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists this season, hasn’t played since November 1.
After Irving shared a link to the film on social media, he met with the media on October 29 and November 3 and failed to flatly apologize for posting the content and condemn the film outright.
In response, both the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association made several public comments warning of hate speech, with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver delivering a strong statement stating that he plans to meet a seven-time All-Star.
The Nets suspended Irving for “no less than five matches” and said in a statement that the organization “made repeated attempts to work with him to help him understand the harm and danger of his words and actions, which is what began with publishing a film containing deeply disturbing anti-Semitic hate.”
Since then, Irving met Silver on November 8, with sources describing a “productive and understanding” visit in New York City. Two days later, Irving and his family met with Nets co-owners Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai.
“We had a great time understanding each other and it is clear to me that Kerry does not have any hate beliefs towards Jews or any group,” Tsai tweeted on November 11. They work constructively towards the process of forgiveness, healing and education.”
Nike has suspended its relationship with Irving, effective immediately. The company said in part: “At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of anti-Semitism. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the situation and its impact on everyone.”
After Irving commented, the athlete It stated that the team gave Irving a list of six steps he needed to take in order to get back on the team.
(The Anti-Defamation League) has not specified the terms of Kerry’s return. Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said the athlete Thursday.
“I can say from my standpoint that I take Kerry at his word that he feels genuinely sorry and is willing to make an effort to educate himself and engage in constructive dialogue. I also trust that the Nets, the NBA and the union make the right communication and if they are satisfied, I have no reason not to.” with that.”
A source close to the Anti-Defamation League added that the Anti-Defamation League does not believe Irving is an anti-Semite.
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