Jaylen Brown says Nets suspension of Kyrie Irving after he shared link to anti-Semitic film was ‘INAPPROPRIATE’… as ex-Brooklyn guard says Celtics star ‘stood beside me’
Celtics star Jaylen Brown has called the Nets ‘inappropriate’ in their handling of Kyrie Irving after the guard shared a link to anti-Semitic film in October.
Irving was ultimately held out of eight games by the Nets after tweeting an Amazon link to the film – which asserts that ‘many famous high-ranking Jews’ have ‘admitted’ to ‘worship[ing] Satan or Lucifer’ – and initially refusing to apologize afterwards.
Irving was required by the team to meet with Jewish leaders and go through sensitivity training before returning to the court, according to The Athletic. When Nets owner Joe Tsai was quoted as saying Irving ‘has more work to do’ before returning to the court, Brown said ‘this response is alarming for multiple reasons.’
And the Celtics wing, who is the vice president of the NBA Players’ Association, still believes Irving was treated unjustly.
‘The union is supposed to be an entity to protect the players, especially their rights and their freedom of speech. I feel like what the Brooklyn Nets did—I still feel the same way—it was inappropriate,’ he told The Ringer.
Jaylen Brown thinks the Nets were wrong in the way they treated Kyrie Irving last year
Brown is having another strong season for the Celtics as he was named an All-Star
‘I think it was like a public ransom note almost, in a sense, where he had a list of demands he had to do to return to the game. It was a violation of our CBA. It’s a violation of our agreement and kind of got looked over like it was nothing.’
Irving eventually returned to the court for the Nets, helping them at one point win 18 of 20 games before he was traded to the Mavericks in February.
And he says Brown – his ex-Boston teammate – helped him navigate his suspension in November.
‘He was one of the main ones that really stood beside me,’ Irving said. ‘And was 10 toes with me and just telling me like, ‘You know, it’s going to be all right.'”
‘There’s peace of mind at the end of this road, but I want to let you know that you’re not alone in this.”
Brown has also gotten himself in hot water at times.
Brown was previously signed with Kanye West’s Donda Sports agency before leaving
When members of the religious sect Israel United in Christ – described by the Southern Poverty Law Center as Anti-Semitic – protested Irving’s suspension outside the Barclays Center, Brown captioned the video ‘energy’ in a quote-tweet. He later said he initially (mistakenly) identified the group as black fraternity Omega Psi Psi.
Additionally, Brown has drawn criticism for his association to Kanye West, as he was previously signed to his sports agency Donda Sports.
When West said he would go ‘death con 3 On JEWISH PEOPLE’ in October – his first in a string of anti-Semitic remarks – Brown initially told the Boston Globe he would stay with the agency.
He changed his mind a day later and decide to cut ties.
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