Jaylen Brown hits out at Nets owner following latest comments on Kyrie Irving
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Jaylen Brown wasn't impressed with the latest response coming from Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai regarding the Kyrie Irving suspension. Last week, Irving met with Nets owner Tsai and NBA commissioner Adam Silver. Those meetings appeared to be very productive as Tsai indicated that Irving was inching closer toward getting his suspension rescinded.
But then, Tsai said Irving "had more work to do" before being allowed to return to the Nets. "He has to show people that he’s sorry, he only apologized after he was suspended," Nets owner Tsai told Brian Lewis of The New York Post.
Brown calls out Tsai after the latest comments on Irving
Brown, who serves as the Vice President of the NBA Players Association, wasn't happy with Tsai's latest comments. “Tsai’s response was alarming to me. He didn’t say that the organization was working together to get Kyrie back on the floor.
He said that Kyrie had more work to do. And as vice president of the players union, it’s part of my job to protect our players legally. The terms that Brooklyn has instituted for his return, I’ve already voiced my discomfort.
Some of our players, some people in the media, have voiced some of their discomfort with that. We’ve yet to hear, what is the latest with that situation? It’s still an indefinite suspension. Kyrie’s already missed five or six games," Brown said.
Last week, Irving held very productive meetings with NBA commissioner Silver. After their meeting, Silver spoke with The New York Times and revealed his views on the Irving situation. In his interview, Silver said Irving was not antisemitic.
"He's someone I've known for a decade, and I've never heard an antisemitic word from him or, frankly, hate directed at any group. I feel that we got to the right outcome here in terms of his suspension. And in retrospect, we may have been able to get there faster.
I accept that criticism. But I felt it was important to understand the context in which it was posted to understand what discipline was appropriate, not in any way to excuse it but to understand what discipline was appropriate," Silver said.
Irving has now been suspended for two weeks. According to the latest reports, Irving is "itching to get back on the floor." It remains to be seen if the Nets will decide to end Irving's suspension by the end of this week.