Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets each to donate $500,000 to anti-hate organizations; NBA star takes ‘responsibility’ for negative impact of tweets


Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets announced last week that they will donate $500,000 to anti-hate organizations.

Irving, the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League said in a joint statement that the 30-year-old is a “responsible, non-profit organization that fights against injustice, anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.” ” for the “negative impact” his position had on the Jewish community.

“I stand firmly against all forms of hatred and oppression, and against the communities that are marginalized and affected every day,” Irving said.

“I am aware of the negative impact this position will have on the Jewish community and I take responsibility. I do not believe that everything said in the documentary is true or reflects my morals and principles.

“I learn from all walks of life and humanity, and I aim to do so with an open mind and a willingness to listen. Therefore, we want to be a ray of truth and light, with no harm to our family or any group of people, race or religion.”

Irving dribbles during the second half against the Indiana Pacers on Monday, Oct. 31.

Irving was condemned last week by Nets owner Joe Tsai and the NBA for tweeting a link to the 2018 film Jews to Negroes: Awakening Black America.

The film was based on Ronald Dalton’s book of the same name, which civil rights groups criticized as anti-Semitic.

Earlier this week, NBA analyst and Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley said he thinks the league “dropped the ball” with Irving and believes Irving should be suspended.

Asked why Irving hasn’t been disciplined for his actions on Tuesday, Nets general manager Sean Marks told reporters: “I think we’re having those discussions behind the scenes.

“Honestly, I don’t want to get into that right now. …I’m really trying to weigh what the best course of action is here.”

Irving was not available to the media on Monday or Tuesday after the Nets’ games on those days.

A joint statement said the donation was made to “end hate and intolerance in our society”.

“This is an effort to develop an educational program that comprehensively combats anti-Semitism and bigotry in all its forms,” ​​the statement said.

Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, said: “At a time when anti-Semitism is at historic levels, we know that the best way to combat the oldest hatred is to confront it head-on and change hearts and minds.

As part of this partnership, the ADL will work with the Nets and Kyrie to foster dialogue and mutual understanding.

Irving talks with now-former head coach Steve Nash during a game against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022.

“At the same time, we will remain vigilant and call out anti-Semitic stereotypes and indoctrination by anyone, anywhere, as we strive to create a world free of hate.”

Kanye West, who has come under fire after making anti-Semitic remarks on social media and in interviews, showed his support for Irving by tweeting a photo of the quarterback on Thursday.

Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, has previously said that Jewish people have too much control over the business world.

“3rd DEATH SENTENCE FOR JEWS,” he threatened on Twitter. He also took to Instagram to refer to Ari Emanuel, the CEO of talent agency Endeavor, in reference to “business people” when referring to Jews.

She told the paparazzi on Friday that her mental health issues were misdiagnosed by a Jewish doctor, cited Jewish ownership of the media, and compared Planned Parenthood to the Holocaust.


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