Nets inform Kyrie Irving of 6 action items to complete to return from suspension: Sources


The Brooklyn Nets have informed suspended star Kyrie Irving of the six action items he must complete in order to return to the franchise in the wake of controversy from him posting a movie link with antisemitic material, multiple league sources told The Athletic.

Those steps are as followed, according to sources with direct knowledge:

  1. Issue an apology for posting a link to the movie on Oct. 27, condemn the harmful and false content and make clear that he does not have anti-Jewish beliefs.
  2. Complete the anti-hate causes that Irving, the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League agreed upon in their joint release on Nov. 2 — including a $500,000 donation toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in communities.
  3. Complete sensitivity training created by the Nets.
  4. Complete antisemitic/anti-hate training designed by the Nets.
  5. Meet with representatives from the Anti-Defamation League, as well as Jewish community leaders in Brooklyn.
  6. After completing 1 to 5, meet with owner Joe Tsai and lead franchise officials and demonstrate the lessons learned and that the gravity of the harm caused in the situation is understood, and provide assurances that this type of behavior will not be repeated.

“We’re going to give him some time,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said Friday. “It’s up to him. Again, his actions will speak louder than words, and if he wants to participate in that, we’ll see where it goes.”

Last Thursday, the Nets suspended Irving for at least five games because the guard refused to “unequivocally say he has no antisemitic views.” Irving met with the media on Oct. 29 and Nov. 3 and failed to unequivocally apologize for posting the content and fully condemn the film that he claimed to watch on Amazon.

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association have made multiple public comments admonishing hate speech, with commissioner Adam Silver delivering a strong statement last Thursday.

“Kyrie Irving made a reckless decision to post a link to a film containing deeply offensive antisemitic material,” Silver said in his statement. “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.”

For their part, the Nets said in the statement last Thursday that the organization has “made repeated attempts to work with Kyrie Irving to help him understand the harm and danger of his words and actions, which began with him publicizing a film containing deeply disturbing antisemitic hate.”

Hours after receiving the team suspension, Irving apologized on his public 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,” Irving said.

On Friday night, Nike announced it is suspending its relationship with Irving, effective immediately, and will no longer launch his new Kyrie 8. Nike said, in part: “At Nike, we believe there is no place for hate speech and we condemn any form of antisemitism. We are deeply saddened and disappointed by the situation and its impact on everyone.”

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