Deni Avdija, a forward with the Washington Wizards, was bound to be questioned about Kyrie Irving.
Particularly considering that his club just finished playing the Brooklyn Nets.
Avdija stated on Friday night that while he tries to maintain his optimism in the face of antisemitism, he also thinks players’ acts should have repercussions.
After the Wizards’ defeat over the Nets without Kyrie Irving, the Israeli player, age 21, talked for a short while in the Washington locker room.
Brooklyn suspended Irving on Thursday after sharing a since-removed link to an anti-Semitic piece of writing.
Nike announced Friday that their association with Irving had ended due to his post.
“I think people look up to him,” Avdija said.
“You can think whatever you want, you can do whatever you want. Just, I don’t think it’s right to go out in public and publish it and let little kids that follow you see it, and the generations that come after to think like that, because it’s not true, and I don’t think it’s fair,” Avdija added.
In his third NBA season, Avdija. He is the only Israeli-born player in the league.
Avdija talked about the help he gets from Israelis worldwide and the Jewish community. How frequently has antisemitism been a problem for him was the question.
Avdija agreed that Irving should be punished.