Kyrie Irving Issues Apology To Jewish Community After Indefinite Suspension
Kyrie Irving has apologized to the Jewish community after being pressured to do so following his indefinite suspension.
On Thursday, Irving posted an apology to his Instagram account after retweeting an anti-Semitic movie, despite continuing to say he agrees with some of the film's points.
"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," Irving wrote. "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 by 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 by the hateful remarks made in the Documentary," he explained.
"I want to clarify any confusion on where I stand fighting against anti-[Semitism] 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 intention 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."
The Nets suspended Irving for a minimum of five games after failing to express regret. In a second interview, Irving dodged questions about whether he held anti-Semitic views or thought the Holocaust actually occurred.
The suspension followed backlash from the Anti-Defamation League, whose CEO, Jonathan Greenblatt, rejected Irving's $500,000 donation.
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