by: BRIAN MAHONEY, Associated Press
NEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving said Wednesday he takes responsibility for the negative impact on the Jewish community that has been caused by his appearance of support for anti-Semitic work, and he and the Brooklyn Nets will each donate $500,000 to causes and organizations working to eradicate hate and intolerance in their communities.
Irving, in a joint statement with the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League, said he opposes all forms of hate and oppression. The point guard had drawn criticism in the NBA — including from Nets owner Joe Tsai — for posting a link to the film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” on his Twitter feed last week.
“I don’t believe anything said in the documentary is true or reflects my morals and principles,” Irving said. “I am a human being who learns from all walks of life and I intend to do so with an open mind and a willingness to listen.”
Irving hadn’t spoken since Saturday, when he defiantly defended his right to publish information he believes. He hasn’t spoken to reporters after either Nets game since.
“There is no place for anti-Semitism, racism, false narratives or misguided attempts to create animosity and hatred,” said Sam Zussman, CEO of BSE Global, parent company of the Brooklyns. Nets and Barclays Center. “Now more than ever there is an urgent need to provide education in these areas. We put our previous statements into practice because actions speak louder than words. »
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