The Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving apologized late Thursday night on Instagram, hours after being suspended for at least five games without pay for failing to denounce antisemitism.
“To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected by my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize,” Irving wrote in the post.
“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,” Irving added.
He admitted that he distributed the movie without clarifying the points he agreed and disagreed with, such as the Holocaust denial.
In reference to the Holocaust, Irving stated that he had “no intent to degrade any Jewish cultural history.”