Kyrie Irving against the Bulls on Oct. 31, 2022.

Sunday marked the return of Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving following his suspension from the Nets organization after he promoted a controversial film that has been heavily criticized as being antisemitic.

The star point guard had 14 points in a Nets victory over the Memphis Grizzlies, but it seems like his performance was overshadowed by a viral demonstration outside of the Nets stadium prior to the game.

A group of supporters showed up at Barclays Center before the game. According to Nets reporter Kristian Winfield, the group appeared to be Black Hebrew Israelites who were signing outside the stadium prior to the game.

It seems that despite returning to the court on Sunday, Irving is having trouble distancing himself from the film that he was supporting, which has caught the attention of the NBA world.

While Irving eventually gave an “apology” for his promotion of the film, he has certainly been noncommittal about his beliefs, saying on Sunday that he was “misinterpreted and misunderstood” which ultimately he believes led to his suspension.

Irving was given every opportunity to simply say that he is not antisemitic, but he constantly tried avoiding the topic, only apologizing after he received his suspension.

He was surely hoping that this situation would blow over, but it now appears that he has the support of Black Hebrew Israelites, who contain members that are notably listed by ADL (Anti-Defamation League) as an extremist group.

Irving discussed his supporters following the game, and revealed that he thinks it’s a “discussion for another time”.

The Nets would surely love to just focus on basketball, but it doesn’t seem like that will be the case with Irving for the time being.

[Kristian Winfield on Twitter]

About Reice Shipley

Reice Shipley is a staff writer for Comeback Media that graduated from Ithaca College with a degree in Sports Media. He previously worked at Barrett Sports Media and is a fan of all things Syracuse sports.