The Brooklyn Nets season has already been retired during the short first month of the NBA season. Brooklyn fell to 1-5 on Saturday with a 125-116 home loss to the Indiana Pacers in a game it entered as a heavy favorite. The franchise’s tumultuous offseason has given way to a disappointing start that now has Brooklyn tied for the worst record in the Eastern Conference.
There’s a lot to discuss when it comes to the on-court reasons for the Nets’ awful start, but all of the postgame talk has centered on something Kyrie Irving recently posted on social media. Irving was posted an Amazon link to a movie called “Jews on Negroes: Awakening Black America” on Twitter Thursday afternoon. The film (and book of the same name) is filled with anti-Semitic rhetoric, as detailed in Rolling Stone.
After the loss to the Pacers, Irving was grilled by reporters in Brooklyn about what he wrote on Twitter. Find video of the back-and-forth battle here:
Nets Daily has a full transcript of Irving’s comments. Irving denied being anti-Semitic, but failed to show any understanding of what exactly he was promoting by posting a link to the film. In addition to questioning Irving on his recent tweet, reporters also followed up on an old video of Alex Jones that Irving posted on Twitter over the summer. Jones was recently ordered to pay nearly $1 billion for lies told about the Sandy Hook tragedy. Irving said Jones’ comments about secret societies were “true,” which is not correct. Here’s a transcript, via Nets Daily:
Nick Friedel: Kyrie, while we’re on the subject of promotion, why did you decide to promote something Alex Jones said?
Kyrie Irving: This was a few weeks ago, I don’t share Alex Jones’s position, the narrative, the court case he had with Sandy Hook or any of the kids who felt they had to relive trauma or parents who had to relive trauma or be repulsive for all the lives lost during this tragic event. My post was a post by Alex Jones that he did in the early 90’s or late 90’s about the secret societies of a cult in America. And it is true. So I didn’t identify with being an activist [sic] for alex jones or whatever. I was there to post. And it’s funny, and it’s really hilarious because out of everything I posted that day, that was the only post that everyone chose to see. It just goes back to the way our world is and works. I’m not here to complain, I just exist.
Irving’s beliefs are false and dangerous. He continued the conversation on Twitter on Sunday.
Mom, thank you for calling me LORD. I am grateful that you hid me from the world long enough until I was ready to overcome who I AM. My roots and ancestors lead me back to AFRICA and I am very proud to overcome all the KNOWLEDGE left behind for Application. ♾
— Hélà (@KyrieIrving) October 30, 2022
I’m a PANTOLOGIST and meant no disrespect to anyone’s religious beliefs. The “Anti-Semitic” label being pushed on me is not justified and does not reflect the reality or the truth I live every day. I embrace and want to learn from all walks of life and religions.
— Hélà (@KyrieIrving) October 29, 2022
Backlash to Irving’s comments continued Saturday night and Sunday morning on Twitter. Here are some of the best tweets about Irving in the past 24 hours:
Kyrie is like most fake intellectuals. They don’t read, so their entire mantra is rooted in YouTube clips. They do not explain the things they say because their attitude is based on the idea that they are talking and others are listening. They don’t want dialogue because they are not good at it.
— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) October 30, 2022
Kyrie defines himself as a voice of the voiceless and then gets offended and deflects and runs away whenever asked to elaborate on his comment. Man it’s a joke. A clown. And he hasn’t done anything of note on the field since 2016. Just a QAnon Monta Ellis at this point
— America is moldy (@DragonflyJonez) October 30, 2022
It’s absolute garbage that Kyrie Irving said “did I hurt anybody? Did I hurt anyone?’ in response to posting a link to an anti-Semitic film. On his very large platform he has led people to hate speech, which is psychologically harmful and can lead to actual violence
— Charlotte Wilder (@TheWilderThings) October 30, 2022
nets may also start burning it today. waive — yes — Kyrie, trade Durant and go from there. There’s no reason for optimism, and it’s not like this experiment is making them any money. it’s a wrap.
— bomani (@bomani_jones) October 30, 2022
The impossible thing about people like Kyrie and all the other “free thinkers” is that any pushback to their nonsense, either in general or by individuals, becomes proof to them that they are right. They are simply the enlightened few who have discovered truths that no one else has.
— Zito (@_Zeets) October 29, 2022
Kyrie first proclaims:
“I’m in a unique position to have a level of influence in my community.”
Less than a minute later, Irving declares, “I’m no different than any other person…You come in here and create this powerful influence that I have.”pic.twitter.com/ASrfcxjNJ0
— Tommy Beer (@TommyBeer) October 30, 2022
Irving is off to an incredible individual start to the season, averaging over 30 points per game so far, but he continues to overshadow his immense talent by spreading bogus and biased counter-argument. Irving has a huge platform and a ton of devoted fans: what he says matters, and on this point he’s been spreading misinformation to a wide audience for years.
Meanwhile, the Nets stink. This team was supposed to compete for a championship with Kevin Durant and Irving and Ben Simmons, but instead they are one of the worst teams in the NBA so far. Brooklyn’s sinking ship and Irving’s troubling public behavior will be one of the biggest stories of the season all year.