No matter where Nets superstar Kyrie Irving says, everyone appears to be ready for the next “Ye” moment.
The talented ball player has always been known for his incredible skills on the court, but over the past couple of years, the focus has been on Kyrie’s personal views on various topics. It all started during the pandemic, when Kyrie was against vaccination. As a result he was forced to miss home games in Brooklyn until late March because of a New York City vaccination mandate.
Now his Nets future is up in the air. “I gave up four years, 100-and-something million deciding to be unvaccinated and that was the decision,” Irving said during Nets media day back in late September. “[Get this] contract, get vaccinated or be unvaccinated and there’s a level of uncertainty of your future, whether you’re going to be in this league, whether you’re going to be on this team, so I had to deal with that real-life circumstance of losing my job for this decision.”
Kyrie’s troubles have continued when in October he shared a post about a book and movie that feature antisemitic tropes. The Nets would then hit their shooting guard with a 5-game suspension after Kyrie was unwilling to apologize for his Twitter post.
Ultimately, Kyrie apologize hours later. In an Instagram post, Irving wrote: “To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize. I initially reacted out of emotion to being unjustly labeled Anti-Semitic, instead of focusing on the healing process of my Jewish Brothers and Sisters that were hurt from the hateful remarks made in the Documentary. I want to clarify any confusion on where I stand fighting against Anti- semticism by apologizing for posting the documentary without context and a factual explanation outlining the specific beliefs in the Documentary I agreed with and disagreed with. I had no intentions to disrespect any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuate any hate. I am learning from this unfortunate event and hope we can find understanding between us all.”
Irving also wrote that the movie “contained some false anti-Semitic statements, narratives, and language that were untrue and offensive to the Jewish Race/Religion, and I take full accountability and responsibly for my actions.”
With all eyes still on Kyrie Irving, he was a hot trend on Thanksgiving night after he was interviewed on the court after the Nets Raptors game. Number 11 was asked if he had any special message for the holiday, to which Kyrie replied with, “I don’t particularly celebrate Thanksgiving but anybody getting together with their families, blessings to all you guys. Enjoy the holiday, not a holiday for me, but please enjoy the food for me.”
Watch the clip below.