Nets say Kyrie Irving apology not enough to end suspension

The backlash against Irving, 30, began last week when he posted a link on Twitter to the 2018 film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” which promotes several anti-Semitic tropes. On Saturday, after a loss to the Indiana Pacers, Irving reiterated his support for the film and an anti-government conspiracy theory promoted by Infowars host Alex Jones. Nets owner Joe Tsai and Jonathan Greenblatt, the general manager of the Anti-Defamation League, were among those who criticized Irving for the job. Silver, the commissioner, called Irving’s post “reckless” and said he would meet Irving soon. But even after Irving announced with the ADL on Wednesday that he would donate $500,000 to anti-hate causes, he spoke to reporters and refused to apologize. He acknowledged that there were some things in the film that he disagreed with, although he didn’t specify what they were. “Some of the criticism of the Jewish faith and the community, of course,” Irving said Thursday. “Some of the points raised in there were unfortunate. It was around noon. Over the next 12 hours, the Nets suspended him, saying he was ‘unfit to be associated’ with the team, and Greenblatt said the ADL could not ‘in good conscience’ accept his donation. . (The announcement of the donation did not say the funds from Irving, or an equal amount from the Nets, would go to the ADL spokesperson. A Nets later said the team and the ADL would work together. to decide where the donations would go.) Rep. Yvette Clarke, a Democrat who represents neighborhoods in Brooklyn, said in a Twitter post that Irving’s suspension was “long overdue” and that anti-Semitism “did not its place in Brooklyn or elsewhere”. In response to Irving’s apology, Greenblatt tweeted Friday morning: “Actions speak louder than words. Due to its message and previous refusals to go back, the #anti-Semitic film/book is now a bestseller in multiple categories on @amazon. Much remains to be done to repair this damage. As of Friday afternoon, the film ranked No. 1 among documentaries on Amazon, and a companion book of the same name ranked first in the Christian education category. sports En2Fr

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