Kyrie Irving is a sensationally talented basketball player. However, his behavior seems to be earning him a bad reputation in the eyes of the media. As a result, his teammate and close friend Kevin Durant recently spoke out on the latest controversy surrounding Irving.
Some of us might have already heard about what happened. Kyrie shared a video about a film titled, “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake up Black America”. This film is based on a book that Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai condemned as anti-Semitic. He was one of the first people to draw attention to and condemn Irving’s actions.
— Hélà (@KyrieIrving) October 27, 2022
Durant, Irving, and the Nets are currently having a slow start in the NBA season. With a record of 1-5 and an uphill battle ahead of him, KD was asked about Irving’s actions and how he felt about them. He snapped back with a response that should make us introspect about the very state of the world itself.
Kevin Durant claims Kyrie Irving sharing the film changed nothing and the media are to be blamed
The history of Jews is a sensitive topic that not many people are familiar with. There are some theories that the black slaves were forced to convert to Christianity while a select few chose to become Jews. The book itself was considered quite controversial in nature. Additionally, there are claims that it attempts to promote racial hatred.
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.
— Joe Tsai (@joetsai1999) October 29, 2022
None of this has anything to do with Kevin Durant or the world of basketball. He knows better than most people what Irving is truly like. Therefore, he responded to the media trying to ignite the situation by asking if this situation was causing problems in the team with a brusque reply.
“Absolutely not. it only impacted you guys and everybody outside the locker room.”
Nick Friedell: “Do you think anything that’s gone on with Kyrie recently with what he posted and backlash he’s faced from it has impacted the group at all?”
Kevin Durant: “Absolutely not. Only impacted you guys and everybody outside the locker room.” pic.twitter.com/TZM0Q0zmIN
— 𝙏𝙖𝙡𝙠𝙞𝙣’ 𝙉𝘽𝘼 (@_Talkin_NBA) October 30, 2022
Perhaps KD is telling the truth. People are undoubtedly sensitive to their racial and religious identities. However, considering that the Nets have much bigger problems, it is likely this truly isn’t a matter of focus for the teammates at all. After all, they must be used to Irving after all these years.