Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving was suspended for a minimum of five games for promoting materials containing antisemitic content on his social media.
Irving’s subsequent refusal to initially apologize for his actions led to Brooklyn sidelining him.
Over the past several days, despite rumors about him meeting with Nets owner Joe Tsai and NBA commissioner Adam Silver, Irving has remained silent on social media.
On Sunday, that changed.
In a lengthy post to his Twitter account, Irving spoke out on the big issue facing him right now: claims that he has some sort of issue with Jewish people.
“I was not put here on earth to participate in any religious/political wars or incite racial disharmony/prejudice within communities,” he wrote.
“We are all equal under the sun and I am here to participate in the building of an Equal world and follow the Word from the Most High/GOD/YAH.”
Fans immediately reacted to Irving’s message:
Why have u yet to learn Twitter is NOT a good fit for you and how you want to communicate with the world https://t.co/UgxE8hpZH9
— Snape, Severus Snape 🦹🏾♂️ (@southerngent26) November 13, 2022
The nets owe you millions https://t.co/tqETtPv1R2
— Black King (@1BlackMyth) November 13, 2022
We love you and stand with you kyrie https://t.co/j40qFYPenc
— Brittany Quentin Fields (@QuentinFields9) November 13, 2022
Over the past few days a number of opinions from NBA high-ups have emerged regarding whether Irving is truly antisemitic.
Beyond that, Irving’s questionable status with the organization has already had some pretty significant ramifications for the Nets.
Irving, aside from one cryptic message, has remained quiet until today.
It will be interesting to see where all parties involved go from here.
No woman would say ‘no’ after this smooth of a move. https://t.co/GVaghm1SUb
— Game 7 (@game7__) November 13, 2022
Is Irving’s tweet from Sunday a sign that his return to the Nets is imminent?
Or is it him just doing his own thing, as he often has throughout his time in Brooklyn?
An answer one way or the other should emerge soon enough.
A longtime sports reporter, Carlos Garcia has written about some of the biggest and most notable athletic events of the last 5 years. He has been credentialed to cover MLS, NBA and MLB games all over the United States. His work has been published on Fox Sports, Bleacher Report, AOL and the Washington Post.