Kyrie Irving ‘is expected to be cleared to make his Brooklyn Nets comeback against the Memphis Grizzlies on SUNDAY’ after missing eight games following suspension for ‘anti-Semitic’ tweet
Kyrie Irving is expected to make his comeback from suspension against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, according to the reports.
The embattled star was indefinitely banned by the Brooklyn Nets ‘until he satisfied a series of objective remedial measures that addressed the harmful impact of his conduct’ after posting a link to the Amazon page of a film based on a book described as ‘anti-Semitic’.
The 30-year-old is now closing in on a return by meeting the road to redemption measures, according to NBA insider Shams Charania. Sources say Irving has taken responsibility of the steps mapped out for his route back.
He was suspended for at least five games and served that minimum ban on Saturday but owner Joe Tsai said Irving still had ‘work to do’ at their win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Irving sat out the Nets’ 116-103 loss to the LA Lakers Sunday and did not play in the team’s 153-121 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday.
Kyrie Irving could reportedly make his Brooklyn Nets comeback from suspension on Sunday
The report claims Irving will remain out and miss his eighth game in a row when the Nets face the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.
‘Kyrie is continuing his journey of dialogue and education,’ NBPA executive director Tamika Tremaglio told ESPN Wednesday.
‘He has been grappling with the full weight of the impact of his voice and actions, particularly in the Jewish community.
‘Kyrie rejects Antisemitism in any form, and he’s dedicated to bettering himself and increasing his level of understanding. He plans to continue this journey well into the future to ensure that his words and actions align with his pursuit of truth and knowledge.’
The 30-year-old ignited controversy by tweeting a link to the Amazon page for the 2018 film ‘Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America.’
The movie is based on a 2015 book by the same name, which Rolling Stone described as ‘venomously anti-Semitic.’
After posting the Amazon link to the film on Twitter, Irving quarreled with media, telling reporters ‘I’m not going to stand down on anything that I believe in.’ He then appeared to backtrack by deleting the post without an explanation.
After days of competing statements from Irving, the Nets, Tsai, and Silver, the club suspended the All-Star for at least five games.
Nets owner Joe Tsai (right) said Irving (left) ‘still has work to do’ after ‘anti-Semitic’ tweet
Irving, who has been criticized for failing to apologize, finally said he was sorry in a statement, but only after he got his minimum five-game ban from the Nets.
The Nets released an angry and frustrated statement earlier this month, saying the decision to suspend Irving stemmed from his ongoing lack of apology, the latest of refusal coming after an awful media appearance.
While Tsai told The Post on Saturday: ‘He still has work to do. He has to show people that he’s sorry.
‘What’s important — and what people miss — is he only apologized after he was suspended.’
Irving has never had a fixed date for his return after being suspended on November 3.
Earlier on Wednesday, Irving’s teammate Kevin Durant slammed detractors who claim he’s not a leader.
The 30-year-old ignited controversy by tweeting a link to the Amazon page for the 2018 film ‘Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America’