Brooklyn Nets security guard Kyrie Irving responded to team owner Joe Tsai condemning the seven-time All Star after promoting an anti-Semitic movie and book.
On Thursday, Irving posted a link for the movie “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” on social media.
Tsai said the film is based on a book “full of anti-Semitic misinformation”.
“I want to sit down and make sure he understands that this is hurtful to all of us, and as a man of faith it is wrong to promote hatred based on race, ethnicity or religion,” Tsai wrote. “This is bigger than basketball.”
“The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemn and tolerate the promotion of any form of hate speech,” the team said in a statement. “We believe that in these situations, our first action should be open, honest dialogue. We thank those, including the ADL, who have supported us during this time.”
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Irving said in his own social media post on Saturday that he is not anti-Semitic.”
“I’m an OMNIST and I didn’t mean disrespect for anyone’s religious beliefs. The ‘anti-Semitic’ label being imposed on me is unwarranted and does not reflect the reality or truth I live in every day,” Irving said. “I embrace and want to learn from all walks of life and religions.”
Irving has averaged 29.6 points, 5.4 rebounds and 4.4 assists this season for Brooklyn, which has made a 1-4 start.
Contributions: The Associated Press