Nets GM Sean Marks addresses media after Kyrie Irving apologizes

That Kyrie Irving Saga took a turn Thursday night when the Brooklyn Nets suspended their all-star point guard and Irving eventually apologized.

After Irving “refused to state unequivocally that he has no anti-Semitic beliefs, nor to acknowledge certain hateful material” from the film, which he shared on social media last week, Brooklyn suspended Irving without payment for “not less than five games”.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving during a second-half timeout against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum on October 24, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving during a second-half timeout against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum on October 24, 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee.
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Shortly after news of the suspension broke, Irving released a statement apologizing to “all Jewish families and communities” who were offended by his post.

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On Friday morning, Nets general manager Sean Marks said there are certain steps the organization would like to see from Irving before allowing him to return to the team.

“I think after something like that you would always hope that there would be a change, a change in feelings and a change in attitude,” Marks said, according to The Athletic.

“The apology is a step in the right direction,” he said. “It’s not enough.”

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General Manager Sean Marks of the Brooklyn Nets speaks on the podium during a news conference at the Brooklyn Nets Media Day at the HSS Training Center on September 26, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

General Manager Sean Marks of the Brooklyn Nets speaks on the podium during a news conference at the Brooklyn Nets Media Day at the HSS Training Center on September 26, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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The controversy in Brooklyn began last week when Irving posted a film called Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America on social media.

The film description on Amazon states that the film “unveils the true identity of the children of Israel by proving the true ethnicity of Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the sons of Ham, Shem and Japheth. Find out what Islam, Judaism and Christianity has for centuries covered up the true biblical identity of the so-called “Negro” in this investigative film.

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The Nets and owner Joe Tsai slammed Irving for promoting the film on social media on Saturday, hours before Irving got into a feisty back-and-forth with a reporter over his post. Irving defended his right to post whatever he wants on social media.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets looks on from the bench during the third quarter of a game against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center on November 1, 2022 in New York City.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets looks on from the bench during the third quarter of a game against the Chicago Bulls at Barclays Center on November 1, 2022 in New York City.
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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver released a statement Thursday morning saying he plans to meet with Irving next week over the “reckless decision” to release a film containing anti-Semitic material.

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Irving then had another opportunity to apologize for his promotion of the film Thursday when he spoke to the media at the shootaround, but the Guardian deflected questions.

Marks told reporters Friday the organization never considered releasing or renouncing Irving.

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