Kyrie Irving came under fire for his controversial tweet last week, but an analyst who has followed the Brooklyn Nets is now speaking out in his defence.
Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, a prominent NBA insider for Bally Sports, spoke about Irving’s position during an appearance on a New York television station Monday night. Robinson Defend Irvingwho sparked controversy by tweeting his support for the movie “Hebrews to Negroes,” which is based on a book said to include anti-Semitic metaphors, while referring to what the grate guard did as “kitchen table talk.”
“I think this backlash is really bad taste because it’s in a contract year, and I’m going to take it one step further, when you look at this case here, if the Nets were 5-0 we wouldn’t have faced,” Robinson said, as he shared on Twitter. You look at a team of 1-4, and we’re focused on the issue which is the Amazon Prime link which has, at that point, 1,200 reviews and 4 1/2 stars. We are getting away from the game.
“Kerry, to me, as well as Kevin Durant, are the top scorers. When you go down the list they are over 30 scorers, then you look down the list and Nicholas Claxton is third in the scorers’ standings with 11 points per game,” continued Robinson. “We should be talking more about nets and their dynamism than we should about a movie. So I’m a bipartisan on this, I’m pretty close, but I’m also just a realist. I don’t think this should be a conversation and there’s such a thing as a kitchen table conversation, and I’m kind Who kept it under it.”
As one might expect, Robinson’s quoted responses and tweets were more negative than positive, although some spoke in agreement.
Irving initially said he would not back down from a tweet when pressed about “promoting” the film during a heated conversation with an ESPN reporter. However, Irving has since deleted the tweet. Nets owner Joe Tsai, who has already publicly expressed his disapproval of Irving on social media, may have been able to convince him to do so.
Things continue to go from bad to worse in Brooklyn, both with Irving’s unflattering comments and the Nets’ struggles on the field. A number of fans attended the Nets game at Barclays Center Monday evening wearing T-shirts to “fight anti-Semitism” in a statement targeting Irving. It proved to be Steve Nash’s final run in Brooklyn as the organization kicked him out on Tuesday afternoon.