Report: Growing Belief That Irving Will "Never Play For The Nets Again"

As Kyrie Irving's minimum 5-game suspension continues, there is a growing belief around the NBA that he may never play another game for the Brooklyn Nets. According to NBA Insider Marc Stein:

There is growing pessimism in various corners of the league that Kyrie Irving wil ever play for the Nets again. After initially moving so slowly to sanction Irving for his ongoing support of a movie widely regarded as anti-Semitic and described Thursday by NBA commissioner Adam Silver as containing "vile and harmful content," Brooklyn has gone the other way, assembling a list of what the team terms six "remedial measures" that must be completed before Irving can be reinstated. 

The key bit of intel by Stein concerns just how easy it will be for Irving to satisfy those "six remedial measures." 

There is a feeling among some close to the process, I'm told, that the list was crafted with the knowledge that Irving would be unlikely to complete all six and thus could conceivably subject himself to potential outright release. 

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the six measures are as follows:

  • Apologize and condemn the film he promoted
  • Make a $500,000 donation to anti-hate causes
  • Complete sensitivity training
  • Complete anti-Semitism training
  • Meet with the ADL and Jewish leaders
  • Meet with team owner Joe Tsai to demonstrate an understanding of the situation
Irving issued an apology on his Instagram hours after he was suspended by the Nets, though it remains just the first step. 

He is expected to meet with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Tuesday. Silver issued a (belated) statement last week calling out Irving for the promotion of the antisemitic film, and said he wants to meet with him. We'll see if any further healing—or sanctions—arise out of that get-together. 

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