Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving’s suspension is coming to an end.

TNT’s Chris Haines reported Thursday that the controversial Brooklyn Nets guard is expected to return Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Thursday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers will be the eighth game Irving has missed under his suspension. The Nets suspended him on Nov. 3 for a minimum of five games after he promoted an antisemitic film on his social media accounts, acted inappropriately at a media conference, and didn’t apologize (until after the suspension).

The Nets laid out six steps Irving had to take before being reinstated: Offering an apology, donating $500,000 to anti-hate causes, taking both sensitivity and antisemitic training, and meeting with Nets owner Joe Tsai and the team’s execs to talk about what he’s learned during this entire process.

The Nets are 4-3 during Irving’s suspension entering Thursday night’s game. Irving is averaging 26.9 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists this season.

NBA fans on Twitter seemed in agreement that Irving had served his penalty and deserved to return.

“Translation: the Nets were losing so they need Kyrie back to save them,” tweeted one user.

“Does Kyrie Irving return to the Nets help them win more games or lose more games?” asked Paulo Alves.

[Chris Haynes, TNT]

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