Suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for promoting an anti-Semitic film, Kyrie Irving has apologized and could return this Sunday against Memphis.
Suspended for “at least five games” by the Brooklyn Nets on November 3, Kyrie Irving has already missed eight games, but the wait may well be over for the 30-year-old point guard. The New York franchise had sanctioned its star for promoting an anti-Semitic film on its social networks, and it had imposed four conditions for him to return to the team : publicly saying the film was anti-Semitic, apologizing for supporting the film, attending training sessions on the dangers of hate speech, and meeting Jewish leaders in Brooklyn. Irving has obviously fulfilled these conditions, since he now has “questionable” status for the match against Memphis (deprived of Ja Morant, injured in the ankle) this Sunday evening.
Nearly 27 points average for Irving
The former Cleveland and Boston player notably apologized on Saturday during an interview with CUT (SportsNet New York) : « I just want to deeply apologize for all my actions since the post was first posted. I had plenty of time to think. (…) I really want to focus on the harm that I have done or the impact that I have caused within the Jewish community, by posting sorts of threats or supposed threats, against the Jewish community. I know I could have handled it all much better. I should have answered the questions and moved on. I am not an anti-Semite, never have been. The return of Kyrie Irving, who went unpaid during his suspension (he has a $36.5 million contract for the season), should be good for the Nets, who have won five games and lost three during his absence. He had been running since the start of the season at 26.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 average assists under Steve Nash, but it is now Jacque Vaughn who is in charge of the Nets.