The Brooklyn Nets announced on Thursday that Kyrie Irving will be suspended for at least five games without pay.
The news comes in the wake of Irving’s media session with reporters on Thursday, where he failed to directly apologize for his actions and state that he doesn’t hold antisemitic beliefs.
Brooklyn says they worked with Irving over the past several days to help him understand the harm he caused when sharing a film that contained antisemitic material. However, once he addressed reporters without a clear apology, the Nets took immediate action to suspend the All-Star guard.
“Accordingly, we are of the view that he is currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets. We have decided that Kyrie will serve a suspension without pay until he satisfies a series of objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct and the suspension period served no less than five games.”
The question now is whether or not Irving will meet the criteria necessary to rejoin the team after five games. We all know how stubborn he has been in the past, and there is no guarantee he’ll ever understand the kind of damage he’s done.