The Brooklyn Nets have suspended star point guard Kyrie Irving without pay as the franchise continues its disastrous opening to yet another season.
Irving has been under fire for sharing an anti-Semitic video on Twitter and he has remained unapologetic. He will not play for at least five games as the team hopes he learns the error of his ways. The team also announced Irving will not receive a paycheck during the suspension:
A separate statement attributed to the organization said those close to the star have attempted to help him “understand” why spreading anti-Jewish bigotry is bad.
“Over the last several days, we have made repeated attempts to work with Kyrie 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,” the statement reads. “We believed that taking the path of education in this challenging situation would be the right one and thought that we had made progress with our joint commitment to eradicating hate and intolerance.”
Irving refused to unequivocally disavow anti-Semitism, the team said, which left those around him “dismayed.”
“I cannot be anti-Semitic if I know where I come from,” the point guard said earlier this week.
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