Kyrie Irving has been the topic of every sports headline lately. Irving is receiving scrutiny for issuing an apology against claims that a documentary he promoted was antisemitic. The Brooklyn Net used his social media to promote Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America. The film is based on a book that suggests that “many famous high-ranking Jews” have “admitted” to “worshiping Satan or Lucifer.”
Many NBA executives and players have shared their opinion about Irving and his stance. Blavity reported that Nets owner Joe Tsai condemned Irving for promoting the film. The owner tweeted, “I’m disappointed that Kyrie appears to support a film based on a book full of anti-Semitic disinformation. 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.”
According to PEOPLE, LeBron James expressed his disappointment in his former Cleveland Cavalier teammate. In a post-game press conference, James stated, “I believe what Kyrie did cause some harm to a lot of people.”
“It doesn’t matter what color your skin is, how tall you are, or what position you’re in,” he continued, “If you are promoting or soliciting or saying harmful things to any community that harms people, then I don’t respect it. I don’t condone it.”
Although many are choosing to separate themselves from Irving and his views, Nick Cannon has stepped up as a supporter.