Joe Tsai May 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; Taiwanese businessman Joe Tsai (left) looks on during the second half of the preseason WNBA game between the New York Liberty and the China National Team at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

The Brooklyn Nets suspended Kyrie Irving indefinitely last week following the controversy around his promotion of an antisemitic film and the subsequent lack of apology offered (until after).  At the time it was unclear exactly when Irving might be able to return to the team. Friday, owner Joe Tsai implied that it could be pretty soon.

Tsai took to Twitter on Friday to say that he and his wife Clara had met with Irving on Thursday and that he was convinced that the Nets star was not antisemitic.

“Clara and I met with Kyrie and his family yesterday,” wrote Tsai. “We spent quality time to understand each other and it’s clear to me that Kyrie does not have any beliefs of hate towards Jewish people or any group.”

However, in a follow-up tweet, Tsai stopped short of saying Kyrie’s suspension had been lifted.

“The Nets and Kyrie, together with the NBA and NBPA, are working constructively toward a process of forgiveness, healing, and education,” he wrote.

That’s a stark contrast from an earlier report that the Tsais considered cutting Irving after watching the movie that he had promoted on his social media accounts.

While we wait to see when Irving might be reinstated to play for the Nets, there were certainly some strong reactions to Tsai’s comments and the way the situation has evolved.

[Joe Tsai]

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Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to