In a Nets and Pacers game on Monday, basketball star Kyrie Irving received some much-needed heckling from the front row- which was occupied by a Jewish group of youngsters wearing ‘Fight Antisemitism’ T-Shirts.
Irving had recently stirred up a controversy by sharing a link to a movie titled “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” – viewed as rampant with anti-Semitic disinformation. Rolling Stone called the film and book “venomously anti-Semitic,” citing statements within claiming “many famous high-ranking Jews” have “admitted” to “worship[ing] Satan or Lucifer.”
He drew criticism from Nets owner Joe Tsai and the Anti-Defamation League and drew some heckling from a section of fans at Barclays Center. A Nets spokesperson told The Post: “The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemn and have no tolerance for the promotion of any form of hate speech. We believe that in these situations, our first action must be open, honest dialogue. We thank those, including the ADL [Anti-Defamation League], who have been supportive during this time.”
The fans in the front row seated courtside against Indiana, wearing “fight antisemitism” t-shirts ribbed the Nets star for his gross antisemitic behavior, but he did not take it to heart.
Irving went over to the fans and said “grateful for you guys,” according to Nets fan Ethan Schorr. The All-Star guard had 15 points on 6-of-10 shooting with four assists in the first half to lead Brooklyn to a 61-54 lead at the break.