Jaylen Brown, National Basketball Players Association Vice President and Boston Celtics All-Star, says “it’s time for a larger conversation” now that star Nets guard Kyrie Irving continues to miss games beyond his minimum five-game suspension.
Irving has been ruled out for what will be his seventh consecutive missed game after the Nets deemed him “unfit to be associated with the” franchise for “failure to disavow antisemitism” following the controversial post of a movie rife with antisemitic tropes on his social media feeds.
Over the weekend Nets owner Joe Tsai told a local reporter Irving “still has a lot of work to do” to get back onto the basketball court. Brown quote-tweeted the report and called it alarming for multiple reasons.
“He didn’t say that the organization was working together to get Kyrie back on the floor. He said that he had more work to do,” Brown said Monday night. “And our society has more work to do.”
“Including Joe Tsai,” Brown continued. “It’s 2022. It takes 10 minutes of time to see who these business owners, corporations, etc., who they’re associated with and who they’re doing business with, who they’re affiliated with.”
That line was a direct shot at Tsai, whose company Alibaba, reportedly supported China’s cultural genocide of the Uyghur Muslims.
Specifically, according to an ESPN report, Alibaba funded technology used by China to track its citizens. That technology was “used widely” in the area where over one million Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities were forced into barber-wire camps for “re-education.”
Tsai’s quote came after sneaker giant Nike announced its plans to cut ties with Irving after the fallout surround his five-game suspension. Nike founder Phil Knight said Irving “stepped out of line” by sharing the film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” on his social media channels.
Brown responded to Knight’s quote, tweeting: “Since when does Nike care about ethics?”
“I’m vice president of the union, and it’s part of my job to protect our players legally, Brown said Monday night. “And to see Phil Knight first come out and condemn Kyrie, and also see Joe Tsai say he has more work to do, I think it’s time for a larger conversation.”
As part of his suspension, the Nets listed six criteria Irving had to fulfill as part of the process to return back to the court. Those criteria included condemning the film, completing both sensitivity and antisemitic training, meeting with both the …read more
Source:: The Mercury News