Kyrie Irving apologizes for antisemitic controversy: ‘I want to apologize deeply for my actions’

Kyrie Irving is finally doing what he couldn’t bring himself to do last month: Offer a genuine apology.

“I really want to focus on the hurt that I caused or the impact that I made within the Jewish community. Putting some type of threat, or assumed threat, on the Jewish community,” Irving said in a video interview with SNY’s Ian Begley on Saturday.

“I just want to apologize deeply for all my actions throughout the time that it’s been since the post was first put up. I’ve had a lot of time to think. But my focus, initially, if I could do it over, would be to heal and repair a lot of my close relationships with my Jewish relatives, brothers and sisters.”

The Nets star point guard has not appeared in a game since he was suspended by the team on Nov. 3 for a minimum of five games for his failure to properly apologize for posting a link to an antisemitic film on his social media accounts.

He has missed eight games for “conduct detrimental to the team,” but is expected to return to the court for Sunday’s matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center as he is listed as questionable.

The interview posted Saturday afternoon was the first time Kyrie has offered an apology outside of social media since the controversy began.

While the seven-time All-Star was 0 for 2 in his first few attempts at an apology, Irving defended his initial reaction to the backlash he received for posting a link to the film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” and receiving a suspension for his refusal to “unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs,” as the Nets said in their statement announcing his suspension.

“I felt like I was protecting my character,” Irving told SNY. “And I reacted out of …read more

Source:: The Denver Post

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