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Kyrie Irving Breaks His Silence Following Antisemitism Allegations: "I'm Not Anti-Jewish"

Written by: Khalif Thompson

In response to accusations of antisemitism, Kyrie Irving finally breaks his silence and asserts that he has no animosity against the Jewish people.

Due to posting a link to an antisemitic documentary via Instagram, the star point guard of the Brooklyn Nets was recently suspended and placed in a media fiasco that’ll run for weeks to come.

In an interview with SNY's Ian Begley on Saturday, Irving discussed the incident. He apologized to the Jewish community, his family, and friends throughout the speech.

“I don’t have hate in my heart for the Jewish people or anyone that identifies as a Jew. I’m not anti-Jewish or any of that,” he told the outlet.

“And it’s been difficult to sit at home with my family, with them seeing all of this and having questions. You know, the part that’s been the hardest is explaining myself, because I know who I am and I know what I represent.”

"But I think the difficult aspect is just processing all of this, understanding the power of my voice, the influence I have," he concluded. I'm not one's idol, but I am a human being that wants to make impact and change. I’m sorry not only to the Jewish community, but to my family members and my relatives, because they know I stand for something bigger.”

At this point, Irving has missed more games than the five for which he was initially banned. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the group will welcome him back on the floor on Sunday.

Watch a snippet of Irving's most recent conversation with SNY below.

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