Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai revealed he has had very productive meetings with Kyrie Irving and added he fully believes that the star guard is not antisemitic. Last Thursday, the Nets suspended Irving indefinitely but said his suspension would be for at least five games.
Today, the Nets are playing the Los Angeles Clippers, which will be the fifth game Irving will be missing due to the suspension. Now, it seems that everything is going in the right direction and that Irving could soon be cleared to return to the Nets.
"Clara and I met with Kyrie and his family yesterday. We spent quality time to understand each other and it’s clear to me that Kyrie does not have any beliefs of hate towards Jewish people or any group. The Nets and Kyrie, together with the NBA and NBPA, are working constructively toward a process of forgiveness, healing and education," Tsai tweeted.
The Nets and Kyrie, together with the NBA and NBPA, are working constructively toward a process of forgiveness, healing and education. — Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) November 11, 2022
Irving apologized to the Jewish community
After being suspended, Irving sincerely apologized to the Jewish community and admitted he was wrong.
"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 said 10 days ago.
This week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver said the same as Nets owner Tsai - Irving is not antisemitic. "I feel that we got to the right outcome here in terms of his suspension. And in retrospect, we may have been able to get there faster.
I accept that criticism. But I felt it was important to understand the context in which it was posted to understand what discipline was appropriate, not in any way to excuse it but to understand what discipline was appropriate," Silver reflected on the Irving situation.