NBA commissioner Adam Silver disappointed Kyrie Irving has not apologized, will meet with player

The Brooklyn Nets organization hoped the fuss, to use Sean Marks’ phrasing, over Kyrie Irving latest controversial actions and words would blow over. But NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement on Thursday announcing he will meet with Irving next week to discuss the situation.

After Irving was shielded from the media on Monday and Tuesday, the guard released a joint statement with the team and the Anti-Defamation League on Wednesday.

In the statement, Irving said that he meant no harm toward the Jewish community by posting a link to an antisemitic film, and that he is “aware of the negative impact” of his post. Irving and the Nets announced they will each donate $500,000 “toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities.”

Absent from Irving’s statement, however, was a direct apology. In Silver’s statement, the commissioner said he is “disappointed that (Irving) had not offered an unqualified apology and more specifically denounced the vile and harmful content contained in the film he chose to publicize.”

Earlier this week, Charles Barkley said on TNT that the NBA has mishandled the situation, and that Silver should have suspended Irving.


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Story originally appeared on Nets Wire