LOS ANGELES — Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving will sit out Sunday’s matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers — the first game he could play after being suspended by his roster for refusing to say he was. has no anti-Semitic beliefs.
Nets head coach Jacque Vaughn said Saturday, before the Nets beat the Los Angeles Clippers, that Irving would not play on Sunday, but offered no further information.
After staying in Los Angeles to face the Lakers, the Nets continue their journey with games in Sacramento, against the Kings, and in Portland, against the Trail Blazers.
Irving was suspended for a minimum of five games by the Nets earlier this month, saying he was ‘currently unfit to be associated with the team’, following his decision to share a link on twitter to a documentary that includes Holocaust denial and Jewish conspiracy theories. He then did not quickly condemn the anti-Semitic remarks. The tweet has since been deleted.
Irving has since apologized on social media for sharing the anti-Semitic video and for not specifying the topics he disagrees with.
Nets owner Joe Tsai and NBA commissioner Adam Silver have both mentioned in recent days meeting Irving and not believing he is an anti-Semite.