Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets will each donate $500,000 in the wake of Irving’s controversial social media post about a book and movie that feature antisemitic tropes. Irving, the Nets and the Anti-Defamation League released a joint statement announcing the donations Wednesday night.
“I oppose all forms of hatred and oppression and stand strong with communities that are marginalized and impacted every day,” Irving said in the statement. “I am aware of the negative impact of my post towards the Jewish community and I take responsibility. I do not believe everything said in the documentary was true or reflects my morals and principles. I am a human being learning from all walks of life and I intend to do so with an open mind and a willingness to listen. So from my family and I, we meant no harm to any one group, race or religion of people, and wish to only be a beacon of truth and light.”
“There is no room for antisemitism, racism, false narratives or misguided attempts to create animosity and hate,”Sam Zussman, CEO of BSE Global
The Nets also said they will continue to support and participate in Shine A Light, which they described as “an ongoing initiative dedicated to spotlighting modern day antisemitism.”