KYRIE IRVING IS SUSPENDED FROM HIS TEAM AND CUT BY NIKE
Kyrie Irving, of the New York Nets, was suspended for five days without pay because he tweeted a link to the 2018 movie “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” which is considered antisemitic.
The film is based on a book of the same title that presents numerous antisemitic conspiracy theories and promotes Holocaust denial. The book’s sales are reportedly soaring.
“We decided that Kyrie Irving will serve a suspension without pay until he satisfies a series of objective remedial measures that address the hate that undermines justice and fair justice for every individual,” a team official said.
The Nets will also donate $500,000 to causes and organizations dedicated to fighting antisemitism. Irving will also work with the Anti-Defamation League.
Irving said, “I oppose all forms of hatred and oppression and stand strong with communities that are marginalized and impacted every day. I am aware of the negative impact of my post on 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, my family and I meant no harm to any one group, race, or religion of people, and I wish to only be a beacon of truth and light.”
He also shot back at reporters during a news conference. “I can ask a better question which is, where were you when I was a kid figuring out that 300 million of my ancestors are buried in America,” he said to the New York Times.
Irving also has a shoe contract with Nike, which is based in Oregon. Nike was slated to release Irving’s signature shoe, Kyrie 8. Given the recent debacle, however, Nike has split from Irving.
The book in question was written by Ronald Dalton, Jr.
“Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” touches on subjects too controversial for most authors to publish. This book exposes historical information that has been ignored, dismissed, or intentionally concealed.
Since the European and Arab slave traders stepped foot into Africa, Blacks have been told lies about their heritage, including the fact that Jews hired slave ships to ferry Black men and woman slaves to America.
“Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” the book by the same name as the film tweeted without comment by Irving last week, is the best-selling book in Amazon’s Religion and Spirituality and Social Sciences categories, according to Forbes. “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” is ranked at No. 9 in sales on Apple Books and 13th on Audible’s top audiobook list.
Print unit sales of the book also soared, according to data from NPD Bookscan provided to Forbes, with 189 units sold in the week ending last Friday, a roughly 800% increase and marking one of its best-selling weeks since its 2015 publication.
Irving plays point guard for the Nets. He was born in Melbourne, Australia.