NBA: Suspended by Nike, Kyrie Irving jeopardizes career by flirting with anti-Semitism

A forced and belated apology isn’t enough: Kyrie Irving, who was cut by the Nets and whose partnership with Nike was terminated by the brand, jeopardized his NBA future by promoting an anti-Semitic movie.

Will the player become a non-free person because he posted on social media the poster of the film “Hebrews to Negroes: Awakening to Black America” ​​and links to the Amazon site, which allows you to rent or buy it? Despite the severity of the slide and the impact on its approximately 4.6 million subscribers, nothing is certain yet.

Breaking: Nike ends relationship with Kyrie. Delays Kyrie 8 launch. (Kyrie is in the top 5 best sellers for Nike, but nowhere near Jordan, Lebron, etc.)

— Sara Eisen (@SaraEisen) November 5, 2022

But his situation in Brooklyn, where he has caused a number of problems since his arrival in 2019, notably refusing to be vaccinated against Covid, looks increasingly precarious.

Because Irving didn’t just act “recklessly” as NBA executive Adam Silver regretted Thursday in a statement a week behind the facts, or as “an idiot” as former star Shaquille O’Neal called him. Above all, he continued to act without remorse, sometimes ruthlessly. By Thursday evening.

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I am deeply sorry to all the families of the Jewish community who were harmed and affected by my message, and I apologize to you,” he finally agreed to express. to pay

Extended suspension?

“When given the opportunity to speak to the press, we were appalled that Kyrie refused to unequivocally state that he had no anti-Semitic beliefs or to acknowledge the hateful content inherent in the film,” Irving justified to his leaders. “Can no longer be associated with the club”.

For a 30-year-old player far from the woods, it’s enough to raise alarm bells. Because general manager Sean Marks assured on Friday that the Nets aren’t going to part ways with him during this storm, expecting more from him than forced contrition. Their press release also stated that his suspension (will) be extended as long as he does not eliminate the negative impact of his activities.”

“Actions speak louder than words,” Marks said, and asked Irving to “meet with the leaders of the Brooklyn Jewish community to educate themselves on issues related to anti-Semitism.”

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“He will have to discuss with them. Then we will assess the situation within the club and see if it is the right time to bring him back,” he concluded.

If the Nets are on the move, what about the NBA? Despite this, the institution, which wants to be at the forefront of the fight against racism in all its forms, has remained largely passive to this day and has yet to allow many voices, such as former Irving star Charles Barkley, to be offended.

Not released yet

Adam Silver said he wanted to meet him in person next week. An additional sanction will obviously not help the star’s affairs.

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Meanwhile, Nike got a second slap on the wrist when they stopped selling their new shoe, the Kyrie 8, in turn ending their partnership “effective immediately.”

The manufacturer of the equipment did not say how long. However, according to Sportico, the contract, which earns him $11 million per season, runs through the current season. Two weeks ago, rapper Kanye West saw Adidas and other brands suspend their collaborations after he tweeted that he would attack Jews.

Irving isn’t quite released yet. But, according to ESPN insider Stephen A. Smith, Nets owner Joe Tsai is “totally done” with the star, who earned $35 million this season.

If his contract were to fall apart, he’s not saying any club would risk hiring a major talent who not only won a title — he won a championship with Cleveland in 2016, LeBron James, but too often. overshadowed by the shifts of his divisive personality.

His conspiracy tendencies — such as his claim that the earth is flat or that the CIA was involved in Bob Marley’s death — have long drawn laughter and derision. Not anymore.

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