Kyrie Irving falls short of apology, fails to denounce antisemitic material

The Brooklyn Nets guard spoke on Thursday about his since-deleted tweet promoting a movie and book based on anti-semitic conspiracy theories.

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REPORTER: After a week of hindsight, are you sorry for the hurt that your post caused people?

KYRIE IRVING: I take my responsibility for posting that. Some things that were questionable in there, untrue. Like I said, in the first time you guys asked me, when I was sitting on that stage, I don't believe everything that everybody posts. It's a documentary. So I take my responsibility.

REPORTER: Do you have any anti-Semitic beliefs?

KYRIE IRVING: Again, I'm going to repeat, I don't know how the label becomes justified because you guys asked me the same questions over and over again, but this is not going to turn into a spin around cycle, questions upon questions. I told you guys how I felt. I respect all walks of life, and embrace all walks of life. That's where I sit.

REPORTER: I think what people want to hear, though, is a yes or no on that question. Yes or no.

KYRIE IRVING: I cannot be anti-Semitic if I know where I come from.

REPORTER: [? What does that mean? ?]


KYRIE IRVING: I cannot be anti-Semitic if I know where I come from.

REPORTER: Adam Silver wanted to hear the word, I apologize. Or in your mind, you said I didn't mean to cause any harm. Were you apologizing? Or are you not apologizing?

KYRIE IRVING: I didn't mean to cause any harm. I'm not the one that made the documentary.

REPORTER: What are the specific things in the documentary that you don't believe were true and that you don't believe represent your morals?

KYRIE IRVING: I think some of the criticism of the Jewish faith and the community, for sure. Some points made in there that were unfortunate.