Kyrie Irving was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for a minimum of five games without pay on Thursday night. Check out his post and tweet here.
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Irving announced that he would forgo his final three seasons of eligibility and enter the 2011 NBA draft, where he was selected with the first overall pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Kyrie Irving was named to the 2012 Rising Stars Challenge, where he played for Team Chuck. Irving scored 34 points in the game, going 8-of-8 from three-point range, and earned MVP honors.
He also won the 2012 NBA Rookie of the Year Award with 117 of a possible 120 first-place votes. He was the only unanimous selection to the NBA All-Rookie First Team.
For the season, Irving averaged 18.5 points, 5.4 assists and shot 46.9% from the field, including 39.9% on three-pointers.
Kyrie Irving why has been suspended
Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving has been suspended without pay for at least five games after promoting a film that contains “deeply disturbing antisemitic hate,” the team announced Thursday.
“We were dismayed today, when given an opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film,” the Nets said in a statement. “This was not the first time he had the opportunity — but failed — to clarify.”
The decision comes a week after Irving tweeted a link to the 2018 movie “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” on Amazon Prime Video.
The synopsis states that the film, based on a 2015 book of the same name, “uncovers the true identity of the Children of Israel.” Several Jewish rights organizations, including the American Jewish Congress and the Anti-Defamation League, have denounced the film as antisemitic.
The Nets said it has spent the last several days working with Irving to “help him understand the harm and danger of his words and actions, which began with him publicizing a film containing deeply disturbing antisemitic hate.”
In an Instagram post late Thursday night, Irving said he takes “full accountability and responsibly for my actions” and apologized.
The Nets star raised eyebrows Thursday with a tweet and Instagram story that included an Amazon page marketing — and tacitly endorsing — a 2018 film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” that has been described as filled with anti-Semitic disinformation.
The film is based on a 2015 book by the same name.
Rolling Stone called the film and book “venomously anti-Semitic,” citing statements within claiming “many famous high-ranking Jews” have “admitted” to “worship[ing] Satan or Lucifer.”
A Nets spokesperson told The Post: “The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemn and have no tolerance for the promotion of any form of hate speech. We believe that in these situations, our first action must be open, honest dialogue. We thank those, including the ADL [Anti-Defamation League], who have been supportive during this time.”
“I’m disappointed that Kyrie appears to support a film based on a book full of anti-semitic disinformation,” Tsai tweeted. “I want to sit down and make sure he understands this is hurtful to all of us, and as a man of faith, it is wrong to promote hate based on race, ethnicity or religion.
“This is bigger than basketball.”
The description of the film on Amazon says the movie “uncovers the true identity of the Children of Israel by proving the true ethnicity of Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Sons of Ham, Shem & Japheth. Find out what Islam, Judaism and Christianity has covered up for centuries in regards to the true biblical identity of the so-called Negro in this movie packed with tons of research.”
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Kyrie Irving continues to do the questionable.
On Friday night, the Brooklyn Nets guard tweeted an Amazon Prime Video link to the 2018 film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.”
The film “uncovers the true identity of the Children of Israel” and unearths “what Islam, Judaism and Christianity has covered up for centuries in regards to the true biblical identity of the so-called ‘Negro’ in this movie packed with tons of research.”
The book also notes that “Since the European and Arab slave traders stepped foot into Africa, blacks have been told lies about their heritage.”
According to The Rolling Stone, the film is based on the 2015 book of the same name, and several passages of the book have been proven false.
A similar description of the book, as noted by Rolling Stone, reads: “Since the European and Arab slave traders stepped foot into Africa, blacks have been told lies about their heritage.”
Both suggest “Hebrews to Negroes” espouse ideas in line with extreme factions of the Black Hebrew Israelites, which have a long history of misogyny, homophobia, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and especially antisemitism, Rolling Stone’s Jon Blistein wrote. The book’s fourth chapter, titled “When Did Racism Towards Blacks Start?” also starts by falsely suggesting that anti-black racism can be traced back to key Jewish texts.
There are other passages throughout the book that also have been proven false, according to the Rolling Stone article.