What should we do with Kyrie?

Ralph Philips, Sports Writer

A couple of weeks ago, NBA star Kyrie Irving posted a link to an antisemitic film that is “disturbing” and “hateful” as it talked about false claims about Jewish people and denied that the Holocaust ever happened.

Irving believes that his post and comments were not hateful or antisemitic. Irving posted a link on Twitter to an anti-semitic film, which talks about how Jewish people caused the African Slave trade and are part of the reason why slaves existed.

This film “contains deeply disturbing antisemitic hate,” said Brooklyn Nets officials.

“I was not put here on earth to participate in any religious/political wars or incite racial disharmony/prejudice within communities. We are all equal under the sun and I am here to participate in the building of an Equal world and follow the Word from the Highest/GOD/YAH,” Irving wrote on Twitter.

Irving’s intentions were not to offend the Jewish people, he wanted to show what people did to Africans during that time and how Jewish people participated.

“I want to clarify any confusion on where I stand fighting against antisemitism by apologizing for posting the documentary without context and a factual explanation outlining the specific beliefs in the Documentary I agreed with and disagreed with.” I had no intentions to disrespect any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuate any hate,” said Irving.

Last Friday, Irving met with the Brooklyn Nets, NBA league officials, and union officials about the matter at hand. They said he can either follow their six-step plan to get back to the NBA, which includes giving money to organizations that help spread awareness for antisemitism and going to therapy sessions to change his perspective on the matter. He said he will not do these things and is still currently suspended without pay from the NBA and his Nike contract has been suspended as well.

Irving was drafted as the first pick in the first round of the 2011 NBA draft. He quickly rose to fame and became one of the game’s brightest stars. As time went on, he only improved. He won a championship with Lebron James in Cleveland, was part of the all-rookie team, won rookie of the year, is a seven-time all-star, the 2013-2014 all-star game MVP, and has been on three all-NBA teams.

Time has gone on since those days and Irving hasn’t been himself for a couple of years now. He’s been acting out of the ordinary, leaving fans confused about his behavior. He didn’t want to talk to the media for a while, even though it was one of his obligations as a professional athlete.

“He’s sat out many games while perfectly healthy and when he has been hurt, Irving hasn’t attempted to come back as quickly as he could,” said Scott Thompson of Fox News Sports.

But Irving is known for saying some questionable things like the Earth is flat.

“I’m telling you, it’s right in front of our faces. They lie to us. There is no concrete information except for the information they’re giving us” Irving said on the Road Trippin Podcast in March of 2017.

Now yes, do I feel bad for him for everything that has happened? But if you’re really sorry, just apologize and do what the NBA wants you to do so you can get back to playing basketball again. He is a star in the game but always does something to himself to lose the opportunity to play even though he says he just wants to play.

Irving has been put in the spotlight for his actions and has to answer for what he has done. The world has to realize and understand that if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it, especially when it comes to hatred of an idea or a belief that other people have. I have no issue with a person having an opinion; they’re entitled to have one. But when it’s about a group of people, for whatever reason, you don’t have to make it public as he did and make a big deal about it. Just be quiet and play.