The point guard’s apology came hours after the Brooklyn Nets announced they were suspending him for a least five games without pay because he is “unfit to be associated” with the organization because “Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film.”
According to the statement, Kyrie will remain suspended until he “satisfies a series of objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct.”
Well… Kyrie Irving took the first step in satisfying his remedial measures by issuing a lengthy apology in a post on his official Instagram page.
The controversial NBA baller wrote:
While doing research on YHWH, I posted a Documentary that contained some false anti-Semitic statements, narratives, and language that were untrue and offensive to the Jewish Race/Religion, and I take full accountability and responsibility for my actions.
I am grateful to have a big platform to share knowledge and I want to move forward by having an open dialogue to learn more and grow from this.
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.
I want to clarify any confusion on where I stand fighting against Anti- semticism by apologizing for posting the documentary without context and a factual explanation outlining the specific beliefs in the Documentary I agreed with and disagreed with.
I had no intentions to disrespect any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuate any hate. I am learning from this unfortunate event and hope we can find understanding between us all.
I am no different than any other human being. I am a seeker of truth and knowledge, and I know who I Am.
See Kyrie’s original post below.