Fans wearing Heckle Kyrie Irving ‘Fight Antisemitism’ shirts

Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving was targeted by fans wearing “fight anti-Semitism” T-shirts during Monday’s game at Barclays Center in New York.

About eight fans wearing the jerseys sat in the front row, courtside, during the Nets’ game against the Indiana Pacers on Monday night.

Fans reportedly booed, booed and glared at Irving, according to New York Post.

Instead of confronting them, however, Irving reportedly approached them and said he was “grateful for you.”

The rioting incident came on the heels of two recent incidents where Irving was accused of posting anti-Semitic messages on his social media accounts.

In one case, the player was banned for posting a video featuring controversial conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. In another, he posted about a video from a group called “Black Israelites.”

Irving later deleted the second video mentioned above, but also defended his right to post whatever he wants to post on social media.

Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash added that the situation is an opportunity “to grow and understand new perspectives.”

“I just hope we all get through it together,” Nash said before Monday’s game, according to ESPN. “There is always an opportunity for us to grow and understand new perspectives. I think the organization is trying to hold that position where we can communicate through it. And try to all come out in a better position and with more understanding and more empathy for each side of this conversation and the situation.”

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets looks on during a break in the action during the fourth quarter of the game against the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center on October 31, 2022 in New York. (Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

Nash added that it “definitely helps” that Irving deleted the post about the Black Israelites, but did not say if there would be any discipline over the tweet.

But Nets owner Joe Tsai made a public statement about that tweet. Tsai wrote on his Twitter account, saying: “I am disappointed that Kyrie seems to support a movie based on a book full of anti-Semitic misinformation. I want to sit down and make sure he understands that this is harmful to all of us, and as a person of faith, it’s wrong to promote hatred based on race, ethnicity or religion.”

Irving later clarified that he meant no disrespect to Jews with the since-deleted tweet.

“I’m an OMNIST and meant no disrespect to anyone’s religious beliefs,” Irving tweeted. “The ‘Anti-Semitic’ label being pushed on me is not justified and does not reflect the reality or the truth I live in every day. I embrace and want to learn from all walks of life and religions.”

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