Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets drives the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks during Game 2 of the second round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center on June 7, 2021 in New York City.
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After Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving promoted an anti-Semitic movie and book on social media Thursday, his team and team owner Joe Tsai issued statements Friday condemning his actions.
“I am disappointed that Kyrie appears to be supporting a movie based on a book full of anti-Semitic misinformation,” Tsai said. wrote on Twitter. “I want to sit down and make sure he understands that this is painful for all of us, and as a person of faith, it is wrong to promote hatred based on race, ethnicity or religion.”
On Thursday, Irving posted a tweet linking to the Amazon page for the movie “Hebrews Are Black: Black America Awake,” which is “filled with anti-Semitic tropes,” according to an earlier report by Rolling Stone. The film was released in 2018 and is based on the 2015 book of the same name.
Irving has not publicly announced his decision to promote the film.
“The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemn and do not tolerate any form of hate speech,” the team said in a statement Friday. “We believe that in such situations, our first action should be an open, honest dialogue. We thank those, including the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), who have been supportive throughout this time.”
Irving’s post follows a series of anti-Semitic comments by Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, in recent weeks. Adidas, Gap, Foot Locker and other organizations have since cut ties with Ye and cost him his billionaire status.
In 2021, Irving was benched by the Nets for refusing to get vaccinated against Covid-19. It’s unclear whether his social media post will affect his ability to play.
The Nets will play the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.