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Brooklyn Nets condemn Kyrie Irving for promoting antisemitic movie

Brooklyn Nets condemn Kyrie Irving for promoting antisemitic movie

Keri Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets deals with the ball against the Milwaukee Bucks in Game Two 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 Keri Irving promoted an anti-Semitic movie and book on social media Thursday, his team and team owner Joe Tsai released statements Friday condemning his actions.

β€œI am disappointed that Kerry appears to be supporting a movie based on a book that is full of anti-Semitic misinformation,” Tsai wrote on Twitter. “I want to sit down and make sure he understands that this hurts all of us, and as a clergyman, it is wrong to promote hate on the basis of race, ethnicity or religion.”

Irving posted a tweet Thursday linked to an Amazon page for the movie “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” which is “full of anti-Semitic tropes,” according to an earlier report from rolling rock. The movie was released in 2018 and is based on the 2015 book of the same name.

Irving has not publicly mentioned his decision to promote the film.

“The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemns and does not tolerate the promotion of any form of hate speech,” the team said in a statement Friday. “We believe that in these situations, our first act should be an open and honest dialogue. We thank those, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), who have been supportive during this time.”

Irving’s post comes on the heels of a series of anti-Semitic comments made by Yi, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, in recent weeks. Owns Adidas, Gap, Foot Locker and other organizations Since cut ties with Yi His status cost him a billionaire.

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Anti-Defamation League, Stop anti-Semitism and the International Legal Forum He praised Adidas’ move on Tuesday.

Irving was benched by the Nets in 2021 for Refusal to vaccinate against Covid-19. It is unclear if his social media post will affect his ability to play.

He plays the net against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.