NBA Commissioner, Adam Silver has expressed his disappointment with Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving.
Silver added that he plans to meet with the star guard next week to his much maligned recent social media post. Irving has come under a lot of public backlash after he shared the link to a 2018 movie titled ‘Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America’, which is based on a book that has been described as ‘venomously anti-semitic’.
The book alleges that the death of six million Jews during the Holocaust is one of the “five major falsehoods” forwarded by the “Jewish controlled media in America.”
Following the public outcry, the Brooklyn Nets organization and owner Joe Tsai have spoken out against Kyrie’s post.
On Wednesday, the Nets issued a statement in partnership with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and Irving. In the statement, they pledged to donate $500,000 each “toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities.”
However, one thing that was noticeably absently in the statement was an apology from Kyrie Irving. That hasn’t gone down well with Adam Silver.
Commissioner Silver in his statement said,
“Kyrie Irving made a reckless decision to post a link to a film containing deeply offensive antisemitic material.”
“While we appreciate the fact that he agreed to work with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League to combat antisemitism and other forms of discrimination, I am disappointed that he has not offered an unqualified apology and more specifically denounced the vile and harmful content contained in the film he chose to publicize. I will be meeting with Kyrie in person in the next week to discuss this situation.”