ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelbourne have reported that Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai gave Kyrie Irving a chance to make the things right but he never returned any of his texts. 10 days ago, Irving promoted a movie full of antisemitic material on his Twitter.
Shortly after, Nets owner Tsai publicly condemned Irving's actions. This Thursday, the Nets announced that Irving was being suspended. Apparently, Tsai wanted to give Irving a chance to come forward, apologize, vow to do better.
But after Irving never returned any of his texts and didn't show much interest to make the things right, Tsai decided to suspend the star guard.
The Nets suspended Irving
"We were dismayed today, when given an opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film.
This was not the first time he had the opportunity -- but failed -- to clarify. Such failure to disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity to do so is deeply disturbing, is against the values of our organization, and constitutes conduct detrimental to the team.
Accordingly, we are of the view that he is currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets," the Nets said in a statement. After the Nets suspended Irving, that was when Irving for the first time publicly apologized for his actions.
"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. I initially reacted out of emotion to being unjustly labeled Anti-Semitic, instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish Brothers and Sisters that were hurt from the hateful remarks made in the Documentary," Irving wrote on Instagram.
Irving will be suspended for at least five games. The Nets have indicated that they won't just lightly return Irving to the team.