Kyrie Irving got busy, or shall we say his PR team did.
It was only after Kyrie Irving got suspended by the Brooklyn Nets, and after NBA commissioner Adam Silver made a statement about meeting with the star point guard that Irving finally delivered some words of apology that we’d hoped to hear.
“I posted a Documentary that contained some false anti-Semitic statements, narratives, and language that were untrue and offensive to the Jewish Race/Religion, and I take full accountability and responsibly for my actions,” he wrote on Instagram late Thursday night. “To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize.”
But words only mean so much. What I hope for from Irving next is action.
Those words only came after Irving tweeted a link to an antisemitic film with false and horrifying claims about Jewish people. They came after Irving had many opportunities to denounce the film and to declare he, himself, wasn’t anti-Semitic.
“I cannot be antisemitic if I know where I come from,” he replied on Thursday when asked by a reporter if he was antisemitic. It wasn’t an emphatic “NO.” And when you’re someone who people listen to, like a pro athlete or someone like Kanye West, you need to be clear. As our Bryan Kalbrosky wrote on Thursday, “If Irving refuses to flatly say he’s not antisemitic, he’s already told us everything we need to know.”
So now we have the words. Not buying any of it. Kyrie Irving is clueless.
We’ve seen Kyrie Irving pledge millions to WNBA players, make huge donations to food banks, give money to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. So we won’t forget about that good Kyrie has done, but he needs to do better, it’s not about money.
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