Boston Celtics star goaltender Jaylen Brown has spoken out during the Kyrie Irving situation. Irving was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets for posting an Amazon video containing anti-Semitic beliefs.
Kyrie was given six tasks that he had to complete before returning to the team. NBA players have mostly remained silent, but LeBron James and Jaylen Brown both think the tasks are too onerous.
“The response (from Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai) alarmed me.” said Brown. “He didn’t say the organization was working together to get Kyrie back on the pitch. He said (Kyrie) had more work to do. And our company still has work to do, including Joe Tsai.
“It’s 2022. It takes 10 minutes to see who these business owners, corporations, etc. are, who they’re associated with and who they do business with, who they’re affiliated with. I’m vice president of the union, and it is part of my job to legally protect our players.
“And seeing (Nike co-founder and president) Phil Knight come out for the first time and condemn Kyrie, and also seeing Joe Tsai say he still has work to do, I think it’s time to have a larger conversation.”
Jaylen Brown frustrated for Kyrie Irving
Jaylen Brown has now let it be known that he is frustrated with Kyrie Irving’s situation. He thinks Kyrie doesn’t deserve such a harsh punishment. If the tasks are simple, Brown doesn’t seem to have a problem with them.
However, there are other things that Brown is also frustrated with:
“I think it’s uncharted territory,” he said when asked what he thinks the reaction to the situation should be. “I think there’s no distinction between what someone says and what someone posts, and I guess that’s what they’re trying to figure out.
“The conditions that the Brooklyn Nets have instituted for his return, I’ve expressed my unease. Some of our players, some people in the media have expressed unease about that, and we haven’t heard what’s going on yet. with this situation.
“It’s still an indefinite suspension. He’s already missed five or six games, so how many more games will he miss? Is there another situation happening there? Is there a bigger situation going on there. Is there a larger conversation that needs to take place? We still have to find out.
Jaylen Brown brings up a few interesting points. What did Kyrie Irving need for disciplinary action, and he got it? But asking him when he can come back is justified. If Irving did the six tasks that were asked of him, how late is it?
Oddly enough, the Brooklyn Nets played well without their superstar point guard. There’s no denying Irving’s type of talent, so maybe they can continue their success when he returns. Irving and the Nets are still working together, and Jaylen Brown hopes that will be resolved soon.