Nets' Irving takes responsibility for tweet, will donate $500K US to organizations working to eradicate hate
Brooklyn star drew criticism after posting link to antisemitic film on Twitter
Kyrie Irving said Wednesday he takes responsibility for the negative impact on the Jewish community that was caused by his appearing to support an antisemitic work, and he and the Brooklyn Nets will each donate $500,000 US toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in their communities.
Irving, in a joint statement with the Nets and Anti-Defamation League, said he opposed all forms of hatred and oppression. The point guard had drawn criticism around the NBA — including from Nets owner Joe Tsai — for posting a link to the film "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America" on his Twitter feed last week.
Joint statement from Kyrie Irving, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Anti-Defamation League <a href="https://t.co/5szamIClsh">pic.twitter.com/5szamIClsh</a>—@BrooklynNets
"I do not believe everything said in the documentary was true or reflects my morals and principles," Irving said. "I am a human being learning from all walks of life and I intend to do so with an open mind and a willingness to listen."
"There is no room for antisemitism, racism, false narratives or misguided attempts to create animosity and hate," said Sam Zussman, the CEO of BSE Global, parent company of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center. "Now, more than ever, there is a pressing need to ensure education in these areas. We are putting our prior statements into practice because actions speak louder than words."