Kyrie Irving says he doesn't stand for "hate speech" as he returns to Nets
What they're saying: Irving apologized for the post in an interview, saying, “I don’t stand for anything close to hate speech or antisemitism or anything that is going against the human race."
- “I feel like we all should have an opportunity to speak for ourselves when things are assumed about us and I feel it was necessary for me to stand in this place and take accountability for my actions, because there was a way I should have handled all this and as I look back and reflect when I had the opportunity to offer my deep regrets to anyone that felt threatened or felt hurt by what I posted, that wasn’t my intent at all," he added, according to AP.
The big picture: The Nets suspended him for at least five games without pay but he ended up missing a total of eight during the suspension.
- The team said he will be available to play against Memphis on Sunday night.
- Irving also apologized for the link after he was suspended through an Instagram post, acknowledging that the film contained false, antisemitic language.