NEW YORK — Kyrie Irving returned to the court on Sunday, suiting up for the Brooklyn Nets against the Memphis Grizzlies. Outside Barclays Center, a large group of Black Hebrew Israelites rallied in support of Irving, who had been suspended on Nov. 4, a week after he’d publicized a film full of antisemitic conspiracy theories on social media. The group represented Israel United in Christ, one of the most prominent sects of Radical Hebrew Israelites, who are categorized by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. Those gathered handed out pamphlets of antisemitic propaganda before and during the game.
Asked about this in a post-game press conference, Irving first asked a reporter to repeat the question, then interrupted: “I think that’s a conversation for another day. I’m just here to focus on the game.”
When another reporter brought up the group, Irving said, “Again, I’m just here to focus on the game.”
On multiple occasions recently, Irving has discussed the power of his voice. Asked how he decides when it’s time to use his platform and when he decides to only answer questions about basketball, Irving said: “I would like to be on a platform where I could openly share how I feel without being harshly criticized or being labeled or dealing with outside perceptions that have nothing to do with me.”
On Sunday morning, Irving spoke to reporters for more than 13 minutes at the Nets’ practice facility. He started with a statement that lasted more than three minutes, and then he took four questions.
Irving missed eight games, was described as “currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets” in an official press release and had his shoe contract suspended by Nike because of an antisemitism scandal that started with him publicizing a film on social media. And yet, between his defiant press conferences, his interview with SNY on Saturday and his two sessions on Sunday, he has said relatively little about the content of the film itself.
The last question he answered at shootaround, though, was straightforward: The crux…
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Author : James Herbert
Publish date : 2022-11-21 04:46:36
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