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Nets suspend Kyrie Irving for five games without salary

Los Nets suspenden a Kyrie Irving por cinco partidos sin disfrute salarial

The Brooklyn Nets suspended Kyrie Irving for at least five games without pay on Thursday, dismayed by his repeated failure to “say unequivocally that he does not hold anti-Semitic beliefs.”

Hours after Irving refused to issue the apology NBA commissioner Adam Silver sought for posting alink to an antisemitic workOn their Twitter account, the Nets said that Irving is “not currently eligible to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets.”

“We were dismayed today, when given the opportunity at a media session, that Kyrie refused to say unequivocally that he has no anti-Semitic beliefs, nor to acknowledge any specific hate material in the film. This was not the first time he had the opportunity, but failed, to clarify,” the Nets said in a statement.

“Such a failure to repudiate anti-Semitism when given a clear opportunity to do so is deeply disturbing, runs counter to the values ​​of our organization and constitutes conduct detrimental to the team. Accordingly, we are of the opinion that he is currently unfit to associate with the Brooklyn Nets.”

The Nets said they made several attempts in recent days to help Irving understand the harm and danger of his words and actions, but it was clear during Irving’s interview after practice Thursday that little had changed.

Irving again refused to apologize, saying only that he meant no harm. He said some things in "Hebrews to Blacks: Wake Up Black America" They weren’t true, but he didn’t say he shouldn’t have posted a link.

“I’m not the one who made the documentary,” Irving said.

He was later asked if he had anti-Semitic beliefs and he did not say no.

“I can’t be anti-Semitic if I know where I’m coming from,” Irving said.

Irving and the Nets had announced Wednesday, along with the Anti-Defamation League, that eachI would donate $500,000 to anti-hate causes. But Silver felt that Irving needed to go further.

“While we appreciate the fact that he has agreed to work with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League to combat anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, I am disappointed that he has not offered an unqualified apology and more specifically called out the vile and harmful content. contained in the film you chose to advertise,” the commissioner said.

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