After seeing the backlash Kanye West received over his antisemitic comments, you’d think Kyrie Irving would know what to expect.
And yet he shared a link to the film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” on Twitter last Thursday. (On Amazon, a synopsis for the film reads in part that it, “uncovers the true identity of the Children of Israel.”)
The film was created by a holocaust denier and fabricates a quote from Adolf Hitler to promote antisemitic conspiracy theories.
After instant backlash online, Irving took down the post. People blasting Irving’s post included Nets owner Joe Tsai, the Anti-Defamation League and the NBA which released a statement decrying hate speech.
Even though he removed the post, Irving continued to defend his beliefs, saying, “I’m not going to stand down on anything I believe in. I’m only going to get stronger because I’m not alone. I have a whole army around me.”
Fans showed their disgust with Irving at Monday night’s game, wearing shirts that read, “Fight antisemitism.”