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Kyrie Irving: Brooklyn Nets star defends tweet about documentary deemed anti-Semitic, stands by sharing Alex Jones video

Kyrie Irving: Brooklyn Nets star defends tweet about documentary deemed anti-Semitic, stands by sharing Alex Jones video



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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving said he “will not give up anything I believe in” after being convicted by his landlord N.B.A team for tweeting a link to a documentary deemed anti-Semitic.

The star guard tweeted a link Thursday to the 2018 film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” which is based on Ronald Dalton’s book of the same name. Rolling Stone described the book and film as “stuffed with anti-Semitic tropes.”

In a heated postgame press conference following the Nets’ loss to the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, Irving defended his decision to post a link to the documentary.

“In terms of reaction, we are in 2022, history is not supposed to be hidden from anyone and I am not a divisive person when it comes to religion, I accept all walks of life,” he said.

“So the claims of anti-Semitism and who are God’s original chosen people and we get into these religious conversations and it’s a big no, no, I don’t live my life that way.”

Several organizations have condemned Irving’s tweet, including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), the NBA, the Brooklyn Nets and Nets owner Joe Tsai.

“I’m disappointed that Kyrie appears to be supporting a movie based on a book full of anti-Semitic misinformation,” Nets owner Joe Tsai said. he tweeted friday night

“I want to sit down and make sure he understands that this hurts all of us, and as a man of faith, it’s wrong to promote hatred based on race, ethnicity or religion.”

Tsai added, “This is bigger than basketball.”

Joe Tsai attended the game between the Brooklyn Nets and the Indiana Pacers last year.

Irving said in the press conference that he “respects what Joe [Tsai] he said,” but claimed he hadn’t tweeted anything harmful.

“Did I do something illegal? Did I hurt someone, hurt someone? Am I coming out and saying I hate a specific group of people?

“It’s on Amazon, a public platform, whether you want to see it or not is up to you,” Irving said. “There are things posted every day. I’m no different than the next human being, so don’t treat me any different.”

CNN has reached out to Amazon for comment but had not heard back at the time of publication.

At the same time, Irving acknowledged his “unique position” to influence his community, but said that “what I post does not mean that I support everything that is said or everything that is done or that I am campaigning for anything”.

Jonathan Greenblatt, director general of the Anti-Defamation League, in a tweet on Friday called Irving’s social media post “troubling.”

“Book and film promoting trade in deeply #antisemitic themes, including those promoted by dangerous sects of the Black Hebrew Israelite movement. Irving should come clean now.”

Kyrie Irving during the Indiana Pacers game on Saturday.

The Nets also spoke out against the star guard’s tweet.

“The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemn and have zero tolerance for the promotion of any form of hate speech,” the team said in a statement to CNN.

“We believe that in these situations, our first action must be an open and honest dialogue. We thank those, including the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), who have been supportive during this time.”

The NBA issued a statement saying, “Hate speech of any kind is unacceptable and goes against the NBA’s values ​​of equality, inclusion and respect.

“We believe we all have a role to play in ensuring that such words or ideas, including anti-Semitic ones, are challenged and refuted and we will continue to work with all members of the NBA community to ensure that everyone understands the impact of their words and actions.”

Rolling Stone, meanwhile, said the film and book include ideas in line with some “extreme factions” within the Black Hebrew Israelite movement that have expressed anti-Semitic and other discriminatory sentiments.

During the press conference, Irving was also asked about his decision to share a video created by far-right host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who was recently ordered to pay nearly $1 billion of dollars in damages to the Sandy Hook families for their lies about the massacre.

Irving clarified that he disagreed with Jones’ false claims about the Sandy Hook shooting, but stood by sharing Jones’ September post “on secret societies in occult America,” which Irving believed it to be “true”.





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