NBA: Israeli player Deni Avdija supports Kyrie Irving’s suspension

Kyrie Irving, player of the Brooklyn Nets, NBA club, known for having conspiracy theories, published on October 27 on his Instagram and Twitter accounts the poster of “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America”​​​​​​​​ links to the Amazon site that allow you to rent or buy this film which contains, among other things, a quote attributed to Adolf Hitler and denies the reality of the Holocaust.

The former Cleveland player was sanctioned by the Nets, who suspended him for at least five games, without pay, and ultimately apologized.

Since then, there has been a lot of reaction in the media and on social networks.

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Deni Avdija, an Israeli player who plays for the NBA club Washington Wizards, notably supported his suspension.

“I think people look up to him,” he said. “You can think what you want, you can do what you want. I just don’t think it’s a good thing to put it out in public and let the kids who follow him see it, along with the next ones generation and think like that, because that’s not the truth, and I don’t think that’s fair. »

“I am Jewish, I love my culture, I love my country,” he continued. “It’s a bit embarrassing to hear such things about your religion. Bring love! Give love to all, give love to all cultures. »

“There are always people like that. It will never go away. It’s just that you either want to stop these kinds of things, or you want to keep moving forward and focus on what’s important in life. I am positive on my side. I don’t want to look bad. »

“I think there must be consequences for the actions of the players. I don’t know the punishment, the punishment given by the League, but I think it should be known that words like this have no place. »

In this Oct. 21, 2016, file photo, NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks to reporters during a news conference in New York City. (Credit: AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Last week, NBA boss Adam Silver, who grew up in an American Jewish family, made sure every day New York Times that Kyrie Irving is not anti-Semitic.

“He’s someone I’ve known for years and I’ve never heard him say anything anti-Semitic or make hateful comments in any community,” Silver said after meeting Irving.

“We had an honest and sincere conversation,” he added, referring to this interview organized within the framework of the sanctions against Irving imposed by the NBA and his Brooklyn Nets team that also included meetings with representatives of the Jewish community.

“Whether he is anti-Semitic or not has nothing to do with the harm he caused by posting this hateful content,” the NBA boss said, however.

If he considers that the sanction imposed on Irving was “the right decision”, Adam Silver, criticized by former players in particular for the slowness of his reaction, acknowledges “that we could have achieved this faster” .

“I accept this criticism, but it seems to me important to understand the context of the publication of these statements in order to know what punishment is appropriate”, he explained in New York Times.

For his part, NBA and Lakers star LeBron James said on his social networks that Irving, his former teammate in Cleveland, should “play again”.

“As I said before, we should not broadcast offensive content and I will continue to do so, but Kyrie has apologized and should be able to play again (…) It’s as simple as that, it takes l ‘help understand ,’ added ‘King James’.

“He’s not the guy we’re portraying,” added the four-time NBA champion.

Finally, the founder of equipment manufacturer Nike, Phil Knight, told CNBC that he “doubted that (the suspended partnership linking Irving to Nike) would continue”.

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