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Kyrie Irving doesn’t believe he’s anti-Semitic: ‘Not justified’

Kyrie Irving disagrees with the implication he’s anti-Semitic. 

After the Nets star on Thursday tweeted a hyperlink to “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” a 2018 movie that’s full of anti-Semitic disinformation, he started to obtain blowback from his employers on Friday. A Rolling Stone story cited the movie’s statements, together with claims that “many famous high-ranking Jews” have “admitted” to “worship[ing] Satan or Lucife.” The report referred to as the movie “venomously anti-Semitic.” 

“I am an OMNIST and I meant no disrespect to anyone’s religious beliefs,” Irving posted to Twitter on Saturday afternoon. “The ‘Anti-Semitic’ label that is being pushed on me is not justified and does not reflect the reality or truth I live in everyday. I embrace and want to learn from all walks of life and religions.” 

That adopted statements from each the Nets and crew proprietor Joe Tsai denouncing Irving’s unique tweet. The Nets haven’t punished Irving but, nonetheless, and are as an alternative seeking to first communicate with the purpose guard about his message. 

Kyrie Irving pushed again on recommendations he’s anti-Semitic or shared an anti-Semitic message.
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“The Brooklyn Nets strongly condemn and have no tolerance for the promotion of any form of hate speech,” a crew spokesman informed The Post on Friday. “We believe that in these situations, our first action must be open, honest dialogue. We thank those, including the ADL [Anti-Defamation League], who have been supportive during this time.” 

Later Friday, Tsai tweeted: “I’m disappointed that Kyrie appears to support a film based on a book full of anti-semitic disinformation. I want to sit down and make sure he understands this is hurtful to all of us, and as a man of faith, it is wrong to promote hate based on race, ethnicity or religion.” 

The movie is predicated on a e-book written in 2015 by Ronald Dalton, who additionally wrote and directed the film. In an outline on the Amazon Video web site, via the hyperlink Irving tweeted, the film is asserted to uncover “what Islam, Judaism and Christianity has covered up for centuries in regards to the true biblical identity of the so-called ‘Negro’ in this movie packed with tons of research.” 

The movie resembles ideology of the Black Hebrew Israelites, claiming to indicate the “true identity of the Children of Israel.” 

The Nets lost 129-125 to the Mavericks in extra time Thursday evening — simply hours after Irving tweeted the hyperlink to the movie. Irving was set to play Saturday evening in a conflict in opposition to the Pacers. 

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