“While doing research on YHWH, I posted a Documentary that contained some false anti-Semitic statements, narratives, and language that were untrue and offensive to the Jewish Race/Religion, and I take full accountability and responsibility for my actions. I am grateful to have a big platform to share knowledge and I want to move forward by having an open dialogue to learn more and grow from this.
“To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize. I initially reacted out of emotion to being unjustly labeled Anti-Semitic, instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish Brothers and Sisters that were hurt from the hateful remarks made in the Documentary.”
Kyrie Irving statement: “To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize.” pic.twitter.com/3dYRHXnIEm
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 4, 2022
Because of the timing, several people had a hard time accepting Irving’s apology, or a least believing in its sincerity.
An overdue apology that doesn't feel quite as sincere in a written statement after multiple opportunities dodged in front of a microphone https://t.co/0GlILund5n
— Adam Kaufman (@AdamMKaufman) November 4, 2022
So he apologizes only when he faces repercussions for actions. Forgive me for not buying any remorse. https://t.co/7TRuUVtO5f
— Sam Quinn (@SamQuinnCBS) November 4, 2022
he finally googled “how to apologize,” good for him. https://t.co/gGWGIDjWr8
— Dan Favale (@danfavale) November 4, 2022
Came pretty quick after the suspension. Curious to see what the benchmarks are he has to hit for the team. https://t.co/b2qn2CIq7S
— Benjamin Bornstein (@THE_BOOMSTEIN) November 4, 2022
About 1 week, his employer suspending him without pay for at least 5 games and the Anti-Defamation League chief ultimately rejecting the $500K donation from Kyrie Irving over his refusal to apologize for promoting anti-semitic content, Kyrie Irving caves. https://t.co/7M6yuVEJ1M
— Vincent Lee (@Rover829) November 4, 2022
Not accepted. He got punished. Only reason he apologizes now. Had multiple chances to before. https://t.co/bSTN57iLUq
— Jason Huber (@_JasonHuber) November 4, 2022
This would have had a lot more impact if Kyrie had said it before his suspension. It's a good first step, but it's only a step. I truly hope he has learned from this, but that starts with accountability. I really wish more players and others from around the NBA had spoken up. https://t.co/FlFFR35gIt
— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 4, 2022
While the Nets announced that Irving’s suspension would be for no less than five games, they were also somewhat vague in saying that Irving “will be suspended without pay until he satisfies a series of objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct.”
Time will tell how much of that was accomplished with his first apologetic statement.
[Shams Charania on Twitter]