New information has become available regarding Nets star Kyrie Irving’s minimum five-game ban for sharing the URL of an anti-Semitic movie on social media.
According to The Athletic, Irving, who was ruled “unfit to be linked with the Brooklyn Nets” for repeatedly refusing to accept responsibility for his actions, must fulfill six requirements to play this season.
These objectives are to:
1. Issue an apology for posting the movie, condemn the harmful and false content, and make clear that he does not have anti-Jewish beliefs
2. Complete the anti-hate causes that Irving, the Nets, and the Anti-Defamation League agreed upon, plus donate $500,000 to causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in communities
3. Complete sensitivity training created by the Nets
4. Complete antisemitic/anti-hate training created by the Nets
5. Meet with representatives from the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish community leaders in Brooklyn
6. And after meeting the aforementioned benchmarks, Irving must meet with Nets owner Joe Tsai and other franchise officials to prove he understands his actions’ harmfulness while also assuring he won’t repeat this kind of behavior.
It seems improbable that Irving will meet all six of these requirements in time to play on Nov. 13 against the Los Angeles Lakers, which would be his first game back once his ban is over.
The Nets have been unbeaten since Irving’s suspension, and they play the Dallas Mavericks on Monday to finish their three-game road trip.