Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets will each donate $500,000 to causes ‘that work to eradicate intolerance’ as the guard finally admits ‘I am aware of the negative impact of my post towards the Jewish community’
The Brooklyn Nets have released a joint statement alongside Kyrie Irving and the Anti-Defamation League after their star player caused uproar by tweeting about a film based on a ‘venomously anti-Semitic’ book.
In a lengthy statement posted on social media on Wednesday night, the Nets said: ‘The events of the past week have sparked many emotions within the Nets organization, our Brooklyn community, and the nation.
‘The public discourse that followed has brought greater awareness to the challenges we face as a society when it comes to combating hate and hate speech. We are ready to take on this challenge and we recognize that this is a unique moment to make a lasting impact.
Kyrie Irving and the Nets will donate money to cause ‘that work to eradicate intolerance’
‘To promote education within our community, Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets will each donate $500,000 toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities.
‘The Nets and Kyrie Irving will work with ADL (the Anti-Defamation League), a nonprofit organization devoted to fighting antisemitism and all types of hate that undermine justice and fair treatment for every individual.
‘This is an effort to develop educational programming that is inclusive and will comprehensively combat all forms of antisemitism and bigotry.’
Irving was quoted in the statement saying: ‘I oppose all forms of hatred and oppression and stand strong with communities that are marginalized and impacted every day.
‘I am aware of the negative impact of my post towards the Jewish community and I take responsibility. I do not believe everything said in the documentary was true or reflects my morals and principles.
‘I am a human being learning from all walks of life and I intend to do so with an open mind and a willingness to listen. So from my family and I, we meant no harm to any one group, race or religion of people, and wish to only be a beacon of truth and light.
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