- Kyrie Irving promoted a documentary on social media last week that contains many antisemitic tropes.
- He stuck with his posts before apologizing on Wednesday night for sharing the film.
- Brooklyn Nets and Irving will each donate $500,000 to anti-hate groups, according to a statement.
Kyrie Irving plans to donate $500,000 to anti-hate organizations after he shared a 2018 documentary that relies on conspiracy theories and antisemitic tropes.
In a joint statement on Wednesday from Irving, the Brooklyn Nets, and the Anti-defamation League, an organization that combats antisemitism, the Nets point guard appeared to walk back on his promotion of the film.
“I oppose all forms of hatred and oppression and stand strong with communities that are marginalized and impacted every day,” Irving said in the statement. “I am aware of the negative impact of my post towards the Jewish community and I take responsibility.”
Irving and the Nets will each donate half a million dollars “toward causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in our communities.”
A spokesperson for the Nets did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On October 27, Irving took to Instagram and Twitter to share a documentary that contained antisemitic tropes and conspiracy theories, including the claim that Jewish people worship Satan, according to Rolling Stone.
The Nets’ owner Joe Tsai condemned the post, saying he was “disappointed that Kyri appears to support a film based on a book full of antisemitic disinformation.”
Facing instant backlash, Irving initially doubled down on his statement and said that he was “not going to stand down on anything I believe in.”
But on Wednesday, he changed course.
“I do not believe everything said in the documentary was true or reflects my morals and principles,” he said. “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.”
Sam Zussman, CEO of BSE Global, the parent company of the Nets and Barclays Center, also said in the statement that “there is no room for antisemitism, racism, false narratives or misguided attempts to create animosity and hate.”