The NBA can’t take a backseat on issues like Kyrie Irving’s actions

After five days, a number of convoluted equivocations and explanations, and effectively fueling a spark into a full-scale public-relations inferno, the Brooklyn Nets took the step of suspending star guard Kyrie Irving for at least five games after he essentially dug his heels in and refused to apologize for linking and sharing a film that included deeply antisemitic beliefs and attitudes.

Coincidentally, hours after the team announced it was suspending Irving by saying he was “currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets,” Irving apologized in a lengthy statement. “To all Jewish families and communities that are hurt and affected by my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize,” he wrote.


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