When Irving Links to Film, Nets Respond

Team denounces promotion of hate speech
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2022 12:10 PM CDT
When Irving Links to Film, Nets Respond
Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai looks on during a game against the Detroit Pistons last October in New York.   (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

Among the people NBA All-Star Kyrie Irving heard from after a tweet promoting a film widely considered anti-Semitic was his employer. "I'm disappointed that Kyrie appears to support a film based on a book full of anti-Semitic disinformation," Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai tweeted Friday. "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." Irving had posted a link to the Amazon page for "Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America" on his social media accounts, ESPN reports.

The documentary, which is based on a book of the same name, uses invented quotes and debunked hoaxes in repeating anti-Semitic tropes to argue that Jewish people control the world, per Yahoo Sports. They blame Black oppression on Jews. The Nets also released a statement, which thanked the Anti-Defamation League for its assistance. "The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemn and have no tolerance for the promotion of any form of hate speech," the statement said. Irving did not immediately comment. (More Kyrie Irving stories.)

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