Nets general manager Sean Marks said Kyrie Irving’s apology to Instagram for posting anti-Semitic content on his social media platform was “a step in the right direction,” but “not enough.”
Marks, who spoke to a group of reporters in Washington, D.C., ahead of the Nets’ three-game road trip, said he hopes both Irving’s feelings and his attitude change.
“According to his apology [Thursday] Night, it’s a step in the right direction,” Marks said. “Again, like we said, actions speak louder than words. Forgiveness is a step in the right direction. It is not enough.
“There are going to be some corrective actions and steps that are obviously put in place to get some counseling to deal with the anti-hate and some of the Jewish leaders in our community,” Marks said. “He’ll have to sit down with them, then he’ll have to sit down with the organization, and we’ll evaluate and see if this is the right opportunity to bring him back.”
Irving, who faces a minimum five-game suspension. issued his first public apology on Instagram after the suspension was lifted and must complete “a series of remedial measures to address the harmful effects of his conduct.”
“To all the Jewish families and communities hurt and affected by my post, I’m so sorry for hurting you, and I apologize,” she wrote in the Instagram caption. Instead of focusing on the healing process of his Jewish brothers and sisters, who were hurt by the hateful remarks made in the documentary, reacted emotionally to being unfairly labeled anti-Semitic. Apologies for posting the documentary out of context and stating the specific beliefs of the documentary that I agree with and agree with, I want to clear up any confusion as to where I am (Islam fighting against. I had no intention of disrespecting any Jewish cultural history or perpetuating any hatred regarding the Holocaust.
Marks said there wasn’t enough communication between Irving and Nets management during the process.
“There was some; I would say there wasn’t enough,” he said. “Situations like this when you’re dealing with an issue that’s honestly bigger than the game of basketball, I think we need to put it in perspective here.
“We all play the game of basketball for a living, manage the game, coach the game, etc. When you touch on subjects like that and you don’t immediately regret it, that’s when People start asking questions. That’s why we’re doing this right now.”
The Nets had hoped that their joint donation of $500,000 with Irving to organizations fighting hate speech would help ease the pressure on the franchise, which until Thursday had not forcefully condemned Irving’s actions. . And then Irving stood up to reporters again and showed no remorse for his actions, even saying “I can’t be anti-Semitic if I know where I come from.”
The Anti-Defamation League later rejected Irving’s half-million-dollar donation, with CEO Jonathan Greenblatt making a clear statement on StarGuard.
“After watching the press conference debacle, it’s clear that Kerry feels no accountability for her actions,” Greenblatt wrote. “ADL cannot in good conscience accept its donation.”
On October 27, Irving posted an Amazon link on both of his social media feeds to “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” - a documentary that has been widely condemned for promoting anti-Semitic lies. What did
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