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Net Gain? Nets suspend star Kyrie Irving for five games

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Brooklyn Nets have not been pleased with star guard Kyrie Irving lately. And their latest action shows it.

Irving has been suspended five games without pay, according to the team. The Nets claim that their suspension of Irving is due to his “disavow antisemitism.”

Kyrie Irving giving Ben Simmons a high five (Photo by Brooklyn Nets/Facebook)

“Over the last several days, we have made repeated attempts to work with Kyrie Irving to help him understand the harm and danger of his words and actions, which began with him publicizing a film containing deeply disturbing antisemitic hate,” the team said in the statement. “We were dismayed today, when given an opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film. This was not the first time he had the opportunity – but failed – to clarify.

“Such failure to disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity to do so is deeply disturbing, is against the values of our organization, and constitutes conduct detrimental to the team. Accordingly, we are of the view that he is currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets.”

Last week, Irving had made a controversial post about an antisemitic movie. This week, Irving and the Nets both had planned to donate $50,000 each to “causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and tolerance in our communities.”

His suspension will include four road games. He will miss road games against the Washington Wizards, Charlotte Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, and the Los Angeles Clippers.

The lone home game he will miss during this stretch will be against the New York Knicks. He is eligible to return on Sunday, November 13th against the Los Angeles Lakers at Arena.

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Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III
Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the Journalism field since August 2002. Since that time, Mr. Caruso has covered many marquee events. This includes 13 Heisman Trophy ceremonies, 2 Little World Series events, and one Army-Navy College Football game.
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