The calls for Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving to get punished by the NBA for advertising an “antisemitic” film continue to pour out.
After Irving tweeted out a link to a film titled Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America, which contains racially-charged messaging, the NBA, Nets and basketball media have called for accountability on Irving’s platform.
The Backlash Against Irving Continues
Speaking on the Irving controversy on TNT’s Inside the NBA, Charles Barkley expressed that he hopes the Association suspends Irving for promoting antisemitism.
Barkley also referred to Irving as an “idiot” that cost Nets head coach Steve Nash his job.
“I think he should have been suspended. I think Adam [Silver] should have suspended him,” Barkley told the panel.
“First of all, Adam’s Jewish. You can’t take my $40 million dollars and insult my religion, ” Barkley continued. “If you’re going to insult me, you have the right, but I have the right to say, ‘no, you’re not going to take my 40 million dollars and insult my religion.’
“I think the NBA made a mistake. We have suspended people and fined people who have made homophobic slurs – and that was the right thing to do. I think if you insult the Black community, you should be suspended or fined heavily, depending. I saw they did the same thing to the kid in Minnesota this year [Anthony Edwards] when he made the gay slur. I think you should get suspended or fined.”
Nets team owner Joe Tsai released a public statement condemning Irving for highlighting the film and said he was “disappointed” for the “hate” it conveyed. Kyrie deleted his tweet on Monday.
“I’m disappointed that Kyrie appears to support a film based on a book full of anti-semitic disinformation,” Tsai tweeted. “I want to sit down and make sure he understands this is hurtful to all of us, and as a man of faith, it is wrong to promote hate based on race, ethnicity or religion.”
Kyrie criticized the media for calling his platform “hateful” during a postgame interview on Sunday.