NBA commissioner Adam Silver 'disappointed' in Kyrie Irving's response to sharing 'deeply offensive antisemitic material'

Kyrie Irving cropped 11/1/22
Kyrie Irving cropped 11/1/22

NBA commissioner Adam Silver says he is "disappointed" in Kyrie Irving's "unqualified apology" after the Nets guard shared on Twitter a link to a film with "deeply offensive antisemitic material."

In a statement released Thursday by the NBA, Silver added that he "will be meeting with Kyrie in person in the next week to discuss this situation."

"Kyrie Irving made a reckless decision to post a link to a film containing deeply offensive and antisemitic material," Silver said. "While we appreciate the fact that he agreed to work with the Brooklyn Nets and the Anti-Defamation League to combat antisemitism and other forms of discrimination, I am disappointed that he has not offered an unqualified apology and more specifically denounced the vile and harmful content contained in the film he chose to publicize. I will be meeting with Kyrie in person in the next week to discuss this situation."

Shortly after Silver's statement, Irving met with reporters Thursday for the first time since this past Saturday's postgame news conference.

Irving and the Nets released a joint statement Wednesday with the Anti-Defamation League, including a donation of $500,000 each from the guard and his franchise "towards causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in the community."

"I oppose all forms of hatred and oppression and stand strong with communities that are marginalized and impacted every day," Irving said. "I am aware of the negative impact of my post towards the Jewish community and I take responsibility. I do not believe everything said in the documentary was true or reflects my morals and principles. I am a human being learning from all walks of life and I intend to do so with an open mind and a willingness to listen. So from my family and I, we meant no harm to any one group, race or religion of people, and wish to only be a beacon of truth and light."

After this past Saturday's 125-116 loss to the Indiana Pacers at Barclays Center, Irving defended why he shared on his Twitter an Amazon link to a film that has been described as antisemitic.