Kyrie Irving To Return To The Brooklyn Nets

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The former Cavalier is expected to play Sunday night, almost a month after he made his controversial post.

Kyrie Irving will likely return to the Brooklyn Nets this Sunday night after weeks without play. The NBA team suspended Irving starting November 3rd, and his return will be against the Memphis Grizzlies. Recently, Kyrie issued recurring apologies to the Jewish communities for his actions and denounced anti-Semitism.

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"I don’t stand for anything close to hate speech or antisemitism or anything that is going against the human race," he told reporters. The 30-year-old was at a Nets shoot-around when he assumed accountability.

"I feel like we all should have an opportunity to speak for ourselves when things are assumed about us and I feel it was necessary for me to stand in this place and take accountability for my actions, because there was a way I should have handled all this and as I look back and reflect when I had the opportunity to offer my deep regrets to anyone that felt threatened or felt hurt by what I posted, that wasn’t my intent at all."

Moreover, the Nets suspended Kyrie for sharing an anti-Semitic film on social media and doubling down on his support. However, since then, the former Cavalier has deleted his posts and corrected his intent. In fact, readers may remember a list of demands that the Nets gave to Kyrie. Seemingly, he met many of these, including a sit-down with NBA commissioner Adam Silver. The Nets, who previously called Kyrie "unfit" to represent them, issued a statement on Sunday addressing his return.

"Kyrie took ownership of this journey and had conversations with several members of the Jewish community. We are pleased that he is going about the process in a meaningful way."

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Irving's suspension coincided with Kanye West's controversial comments and brand terminations. While people rightfully berated the two for their dangerous rhetoric and arrogance, they opened a wider conversation on demonizing character, not action. In Kyrie's case, many criticized the demands placed on him. Also, many have called out double standards in terms of who has to answer for what, and how they have to answer. Still, many also criticize the NBA for not establishing more severe consequences.

As Kyrie gears up for his return, NBA figures like Kevin Durant and Charles Barkley still have much to say. Stay tuned to HotNewHipHop to see how Kyrie's return will fare.


About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.