“Eight people donned “fight antisemitism” shirts in courtside seats at Monday night’s Brooklyn Nets game in an apparent protest of star player Kyrie Irving…”
I was considering buying tickets to see my home team play the Nets, but after this disgraceful and offensive behavior by Kyrie Irving, I’ll pass. When you post antisemitic propaganda on your social media, you are indeed “promoting” it. His recent nonsensical and incoherent press conference reinforced my opinion of him — he’s a selfish human being. The NBA should fine or suspend him, or both. Irving is problematic and has also hurt his team, the Nets, on so many levels. He wouldn’t get vaccinated last season so couldn’t play home games, and as a result the team suffered. They were swept by Boston in the first round of the playoffs.
As a Black person, I’m particularly sensitive to hateful propaganda especially given the racist and bigoted legacy of the U.S. I will never comprehend how someone who should have a level of empathy for communities which have also been demonized and violently attacked could align with the likes of Alex Jones. Yes, Kyrie retweeted Alex Jones too. Is it a Millennial thing? I think not, but it’s definitely a stupid and hateful thing. Report antisemitic hate wherever you see it. Don’t tolerate it.
An update to this post as of Nov 3 2022, Kyrie Irving has been suspended for five games without pay for refusing to disavow antisemitism.