Rich Eisen responded to the newest controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving, who posted the hyperlink to a film and ebook containing antisemitic tropes on his Twitter account.
During his Monday present (h/t New York Post), Eisen performed audio of the complete tense change between Irving and ESPN reporter Nick Friedell. Irving responded “don’t humanize me” when Friedell requested the Brooklyn Nets level guard why he promoted that materials.
Eisen pushed again on Irving, who refused to “stand down” from his place.
“You’re dehumanizing me, Kyrie. I’m a Jewish man,” Eisen mentioned. “Descendant of people who died in gas chambers and got incinerated by Nazis. You’re dehumanizing me by putting on your platform a book and movie that is filled with antisemitic tropes that are designed or eventually lead to the dehumanization of me, and my children, and my ancestors who died because they were Jewish.”
Eisen additionally took offense to Irving calling it “hilarious” that folks paid a lot consideration to that publish somewhat than the rest he shared on social media that day.
“It’s not funny, and I can’t believe I have to tell someone from Duke who’s clearly smart enough to know — you’re not promoting it with a tour — but when you put it in front of four million people who might not have known about it, you’re promoting it,” Eisen continued. “You’re giving it your platform. When you give it your platform, you may not agree with all of the things of the people who created the book or movie or theory that you say is true, you are now owning all of that person’s opinions.”
Eisen added that it’s “offensive” and “really scary” to see a well-known athlete use his huge attain to normalize antisemitic beliefs. He pointed to instances of hate speech inspired by Kanye West’s remarks, together with a message projected onto TIAA Bank Field on the finish of Saturday’s school soccer sport between Georgia and Florida.
Nets proprietor Joe Tsai condemned Irving’s actions on Twitter, however the 30-12 months-outdated hasn’t confronted any punishment by the group or league. Irving deleted the Twitter publish and later wrote that calling him antisemitic is “not justified.”