The world according to Kyrie
I got it with Kyrie Irving.
When he held countercultural beliefs like the earth is flat and distorted health standards by refusing to vaccinate, the damage was at least limited.
But when he shared the controversial and anti-Semitic documentary “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” on Twitter, he took the Brooklyn Nets star’s ignorance to a whole new level.
Even his best friend, LeBron James, criticized Irving’s irresponsible participation in the insulting documentary. What Irving fails to understand, it seems, is that he’s not just anyone else on the planet and his 4.6 million Twitter followers attest to that.
Quoting the Anti-Defamation League website, the 2018 documentary based on director Ronald Dalton Jr.’s book series of the same name attempts to “prove the belief of black Hebrew Israelis that certain people of color, including black Americans, are the true descendants of biblical Israel.”
The three-hour long documentary, she added, “promotes beliefs common among anti-Semitic and extremist factions in the BHI movement, including allegations that modern Jews are impostors who stole blacks’ religious heritage and engaged in ‘cover-up’ to prevent blacks from knowing their ‘true’ identity.” .
The Anti-Defamation League also said that the documentary “amplifies ancient anti-Semitic tropes about Jewish power, control, and greed, including false claims that Jews control the media, and discusses the identity of modern Jews, claiming that they are “religious converts” who are descended from the Khazars and have no historical connection. in the Land of Israel.”
While Irving has since apologized (after the network banned at least five matches after initially dealing with the controversial post of the point guard wearing baby gloves), you can’t restore the damage he’s done to the Jewish community by backing the documentary.
Since then, Nike has also suspended its relationship with the former Duke star and temporarily suspended the planned launch of Irving’s next signature shoe, the Kyrie 8.
In the wake of Irving’s fiasco, the Nets impressively turned a full 180 degrees in dealing with his stellar guard (having also tired of Irving’s many opportunities to disavow the documentary).
Although Kevin Durant has defended his best friend, the Brooklyn administration has reportedly issued six conditions for returning Irving to the team:
– Irving should apologize for posting a link to a documentary containing anti-Semitic material;
– He must also condemn the film;
He must donate $500,000 to anti-hate causes;
– Must receive sensitivity training;
He must train to educate himself about anti-Semitism; He must meet with the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish leaders; And the
He must meet with Lawyer Joseph Tsai to demonstrate his understanding of the issues.
I’m not entirely sure if Irving would make it through the Nets laundry list of terms because it’s so comprehensive and even his apology wasn’t genuine at first because it was only posted on Instagram.
Even the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is tired of Irving’s antics and thinks he can’t be fixed in this case.
The Captain recently posted on Twitter that “Honestly, there is little hope that it will change because it is isolated by fame and money and surrounded by yes people. There is no impulse to know how to distinguish between propaganda and facts. All that remains is for the world to decide how it should respond to it.”
If you ask me, Nets owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Mark should cut the contract and cancel Irving’s contract even if he completes his “Mission Impossible” to-do list (I’ll sell my game set if he does).
Irving has been a repeat offender when it comes to societal norms, and his disruption has cost not only the Nets’ success in court, but to their disgrace. Once he’s out of the NBA, he’ll have fewer people worshiping him and going there for his platform to adopt his false beliefs.
The world according to Kyrie is flat and so is his bank account if he continues his wayward ways.