Irving got here below hearth final week for his current promotion of an antisemitic movie and e-book on social media.
A bunch of followers carrying “Fight Antisemitism” shirts sat courtside at Monday’s Nets recreation in protest of Kyrie Irving following the guard’s current promotion of an antisemitic movie and e-book on social media.
The group, consisting of two ladies and 6 males carrying yarmulkes, sat close to the guests’ bench at Barclays Center for Brooklyn’s contest towards the Pacers. At one level, Irving acknowledged the followers with a thumbs-up, although it’s unknown presently if the 30-12 months-outdated directed any remarks towards the group.
After the sport, a 116-109 Nets win, the crew introduced Irving wouldn’t be talking with the media.
Irving got here below hearth late final week after an article revealed Friday by Rolling Stone drew consciousness to his promotion of the movie, Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America. According to Rolling Stone, the e-book, which is predicated on a 2015 e-book of the identical identify, is “stuffed with antisemitic tropes.”
The NBA and Nets proprietor Joe Tsai issued statements denouncing Irving’s remarks instantly following the information.
On Saturday, Irving, who additionally tweeted a hyperlink to the movie’s Amazon on Thursday, defended his endorsement in a tweet saying that he “meant no disrespect” by doing so.
“The ‘Anti-Semitic’ label that is being pushed on me is not justified and does not reflect the reality or truth I live in everyday,” Irving wrote on Twitter. “I embrace and want to learn from all walks of life and religions.”
That similar day, Irving reiterated his views in a press convention after the Nets’ 125-116 house loss to the Pacers.
“Did I do anything illegal? Did I hurt anybody?” Irving requested reporters in regard to the tweet. “Did I harm anybody? Am I going out and saying that I hate one specific group of people?”
He added, “I’m not going to stand down on anything I believe in. I’m only going to get stronger because I’m not alone. I have a whole army around me.”
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