Kyrie Irving’s posts about an anti-Semitic documentary got him in trouble with the Nets’ owner.
Irving, a guard for the Nets, put a link to an anti-Semitic documentary on his Twitter page. The Nets’ owner, Joe Tsai, said that he was “disappointed.”
The Nets’ owner, Joe Tsai, spoke out against his team’s star guard Kyrie Irving on Friday after Irving tweeted a link to an antisemitic documentary.
Tsai wrote on Twitter late Friday, “I’m disappointed that Kyrie seems to support a movie based on a book full of anti-semitic lies.” “I want to talk to him and make sure he knows that this hurts all of us and that, as a religious man, it is wrong to spread hate based on race, ethnicity, or religion.” It’s more important than basketball.”
Tsai wrote a tweet Friday night just before 11:30 p.m. A text message sent to Irving was not answered right away by a company rep.
“Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” is a documentary that came out in 2018. It was written and directed by Ronald Dalton Jr. Dalton also wrote a book called the same thing. On Thursday, Irving tweeted a link to a site where the documentary can be rented or bought. He also put a picture of the site on Instagram. In response, Rolling Stone magazine wrote about how the book and the documentary were anti-Semitic.
Irving, 30, is in his fourth season with the Nets. He has been an All-Star seven times, but his actions off the court have often overshadowed his basketball career.
Last season, he didn’t play in most of the Nets’ games because he refused to get a coronavirus shot, which New York City required for him to play in home games. At first, the Nets also didn’t let him play on the road, but when the team was having trouble two months into the season, they changed their minds.
In September, Irving got a lot of criticism for sharing a conspiracy theory video by Infowars host Alex Jones. For years, Jones said wrongly that the 2012 Sandy Hook shooting that killed 26 children and adults was a hoax.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, an NBA Hall of Famer, criticized Kyrie Irving for sharing Jones’s video. He wrote on Substack, “Kyrie Irving would be laughed at as a fool if it weren’t for his influence on young people who look up to athletes.”
In 2018, Irving was made fun of for saying that the Earth might be flat, which is not true.
In an interview with The New York Times, he asked, “Can you say for sure that you know the Earth is round?” “Like, you’re sure about that? I don’t know, like.”
Irving signed with the Nets as a free agent in 2019. Before that, he played for the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers, where he and LeBron James won a championship in 2016. The Nets have made the playoffs every year that Irving has been on the team, but this year they are having trouble. After five games, they have only won once. The Indiana Pacers are coming to play at home on Saturday.