One week after Kyrie Irving shared a controversial film with antisemitic messaging, the Brooklyn Nets are suspending him.
Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN broke the news if Irving‘s suspension on Thursday evening.
The Nets have suspended Kyrie Irving.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) November 3, 2022
“We were dismayed today, when given an opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film. This was not the first time he had the opportunity – but failed – to clarify.
The statement also said that “We have decided that Kyrie will serve a suspension without pay until he satisfies a series of objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct and the suspension period is no less than five games.”
Statement from the Brooklyn Nets pic.twitter.com/699px8XYpx
— Brooklyn Nets (@BrooklynNets) November 4, 2022
The reaction to the suspension was generally positive. For several in the NBA world and other fans, one of the major prevailing questions was, what took so long?
— Jonathan Lemire (@JonLemire) November 3, 2022
I guess not apologizing the third time was The Line. https://t.co/939dIwvqKI
— (((Eric Koreen))) (@ekoreen) November 3, 2022
Why did it take so long? https://t.co/eLcEeChOa9
— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) November 3, 2022
Three days later… https://t.co/JWwCbzKwGz
— Jawn Gonzalez (@JohnGonzalez) November 3, 2022
Candace Parker and Jamal Crawford react to Kyrie Irving being suspended by the Nets for a minimum of 5 games without pay.
"They say minimum… are they going to wait until he apologizes?" pic.twitter.com/2rNI1Dv9ZD
— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) November 4, 2022
The Nets basically gave Kyrie five "You sure?" opportunities and he was always sure https://t.co/yb4Yz7uqpF
— Patrick Daugherty (@RotoPat) November 3, 2022
Seriously. Have we ever seen this big of a cluster in sports before? Reaching White House (last two admins) levels of absurdity https://t.co/WRolWkeMk6
— Steve Alexander (@docktora) November 3, 2022
ABOUT TIME. THANK YOU. https://t.co/D3tEcWH7t8
— Daniel Friedman (@DanJFriedman) November 3, 2022
Given every opportunity — too many opportunities, if you ask me — to simply apologize, Kyrie couldn't bring himself to do it. Now he's gotten suspended and he'll act here like he has in previous instances: like he's a martyr. https://t.co/pU5PNFBoLf
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) November 3, 2022
Both the NBA and the Nets released widely criticized statements denouncing antisemitism shortly after Irving posted the video. In that time, he was permitted to play, not suspended with pay or even just benched.
But commissioner Adam Silver didn’t get particularly critical of Irving (at least in public) until shortly after his press conference on Thursday. That response came shortly before Brooklyn’s decsion to suspend Irving.