During Saturday’s postgame presser, Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving got into a heated argument with a reporter who asked if Irving was an anti-Semite.
After the Nets dispatched the Indiana Pacers 125-116 on Saturday, a reporter asked Irving about his early September retweet of a video featuring Alex Jones talking about the ‘New World Order’ and warning that ‘plagues’ have been ” unleashed” on the nation.
ESPN reporter Nick Friedell claimed Irving “promoted” Alex Jones on the video post, Fox News noted.
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“It’s 2022. History isn’t supposed to be hidden from anyone, and I’m not a divisive person when it comes to religion,” Irving said. “I embrace all walks of life.”
Irving added that he would not apologize for his beliefs. “I’m not going to give up everything I believe in. I’m only going to get stronger because I’m not alone. I have a whole army around me,” he said.
Irving went on to explain what happened that made it so hot under the collar.
“My post was an Alex Jones post he did in the early 90s or late 90s about secret societies in America, about the occult, and it’s true,” Irving said. “So I didn’t identify with anything, being an activist (sic) for Alex Jones or whatever. Just here to post. And it’s funny; it’s actually hilarious because of all the things i posted that day, this was the one post that everyone chose to see. It just comes back to how our world is and works. I’m not here to complain about it. I just exist.
Yet the reporter continued to claim that Irving was “promoting” Alex Jones. But Irving chimed in, saying, “Can you please stop calling this a promotion? What am I promoting? »
The two began talking to each other as Irving repeated that he was not promoting anti-Semitism as reporter Friedell insisted he was. It ended with Irving refusing to answer any further questions from Friedell and saying all Friedell was trying to do was “get Instagram fame” for attacking the player.
Irving was accused of posting anti-Semitic material this month when he posted a link to the 2018 film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.”
The film claims to reveal “the true identity of the Children of Israel” and expose “what Islam, Judaism and Christianity have concealed for centuries regarding the true biblical identity of the so-called ‘Negro’ in this film filled with tons of research.
Brooklyn Nets owner Joe Tsai said he was “disappointed” that Irving published an article about a film accused of promoting anti-Semitism.
“I’m disappointed that Kyrie seems to support a movie based on a book full of anti-Semitic misinformation,” Tsai said. tweeted October 28. “I want to sit down and make sure he understands that it hurts us all and that as a man of faith it is wrong to promote hatred based on race, ethnicity or religion.
Irving later explained the tweet, saying he was an “omnist,” or someone who believes in all religions.
I’m an OMNIST and didn’t mean to disrespect anyone’s religious beliefs. The label “anti-Semitic” imposed on me is not justified and does not reflect the reality or the truth in which I live on a daily basis. I embrace and want to learn from all walks of life and all religions.
— Hey (@KyrieIrving) October 29, 2022
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