Reggie Miller called the NBA players response to Kyrie Irving.

Or rather not respond. Last week, Irving tweeted a link to “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” a movie with antisemitic tropes. On a Nets-Bulls broadcast on TNT Tuesday, the matter was discussed for several minutes in the first quarter in a discussion that included Miller, stage host Brian Anderson and marginal reporter Jared Greenberg.

Miller expressed his displeasure that the players were willing to call the owners but not one of them.

“In years past, this league has been great because the players have led the way and have strong voices,” Miller said. “When Donald Sterling got into it, when Robert Sarver recently got involved, our voices in the basketball community and our players were strong and loud in the kind of discipline being delivered — or disappear.

Reggie Miller blasts NBA players for “cockroaches” in response to Kyrie Irving.
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“The players dropped the ball in this case when the ball was theirs. They were crickets,” Miller added. “It’s disappointing, because this league is built on the players’ shoulders. Right is right and wrong is wrong. And if you’re going to summon the owners, and rightfully so, you’re going to have to summon the players as well. You can’t be silent about this for Kyrie Irving. I want to hear the players and their strong opinions too, just as we’ve heard about Robert Sarver and Donald Sterling.”

The NBA Players Association released a statement on Tuesday, but the statement did not include Irving by name.

Kyrie Irving promoted a movie containing anti-Semitic tropes on social media.
Kyrie Irving promoted a movie containing anti-Semitic tropes on social media.
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“Anti-Semitism has no place in our society,” the statement said. The NBPA focuses on creating an environment in which everyone is accepted. We are committed to helping players understand that certain words can lead to the spread of hate ideologies. We will continue to work to identify and combat all hate speech as it arises.”

Earlier in the TNT broadcast, Charles Barkley said the NBA should have suspended Irving.

“I think he should have put it off,” Barkley said. “I think Adam [Silver] He should have hung it. First of all, Adam is Jewish – you can’t take $40 million and insult my religion. You’re going to insult me, you have the right, but I have the right to say, “You can’t take $40 million and insult my religion.” I think the NBA, they made a mistake. We have suspended people and fined people who have committed homophobic insults. This was the right thing to do. If you insult the black community, you should be suspended or heavily fined.”

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