LeBron James described Kyrie Irving's promotion of an antisemitic movie as "harmful" as he underlined that he is against any kind of hatred. On Thursday, the Brooklyn Nets suspended Irving, a week after he promoted a movie full of antisemitic material on his Twitter.
On Friday, James - who is known for his social activism - was asked why NBA players haven't really spoken up about the Irving situation. "I can't speak for 450 players. I don't condone any hate to any kind.
To any race. To Jewish communities, to Black communities, to Asian communities. You guys know where I stand," James said.
James: Irving caused some harmShortly after Irving promoted a movie full of antisemitic material, the Nets and the NBA called out his actions.
Later, the Nets suspended Irving. "He caused some harm, and I think it's unfortunate. But I don't stand on the position to harm people when it comes to your voice or your platform or anything. So it doesn't matter what color your skin is, how tall you are, what position you're in.
If you are promoting or soliciting or saying harmful things to any community that harms people, then I don't respect it. I don't condone it," James added. On Friday, Irving's teammate Kevin Durant was also asked to give his thoughts on the Irving situation.
Durant indicated that he wasn't happy about how the Nets handled the situation and that they could have simply kept quiet. “It’s an unfortunate situation for people that are impacted by this situation. It just sucks all around for everybody.
Hopefully we can move past it. That’s just the way of the NBA now. Media, so many outlets now and their stories hit pretty fast now. That’s where all the chaos is coming from, from everybody’s opinions. Everybody has an opinion on this situation and we’re hearing it nonstop.
But once the balls start bouncing and we get into practice none of that stuff seeps into the gym. So that’s the cool part about being in the league. But once you step off the court, everyone got the microphones out and the microscopes looking at you asking you what you feel about it.
That’s been difficult. But the game is the constant for us," Durant said. The Nets have made it clear that Irving will have to take certain actions if he wants to be returned to the team.