Kyrie Irving Oct 29, 2022; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after being called for a foul in the third quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Hours after he was suspended by the Brooklyn Nets, Kyrie Irving has finally apologized for sharing a controversial movie, which contained antisemitic messages, on social media

Irving’s apology, which was shared by Shams Charania of The Athletic said in part:

“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.”

This apology came not only after his suspension and critical words from NBA commissioner Adam Silver, but also having a $500,000 donation rejected by  the Anti-Defamation League.

Because of the timing, several people had a hard time accepting Irving’s apology, or a least believing in its sincerity.

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]

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