The day Brooklyn Nets coach Steve Nash was fired after his team started season 2-5, the talk was about Emmy-winning TNT Inside the NBA They found themselves talking about Nets player Kyrie Irving and the irony that while Nash was fired for a recording that may or may not be entirely his fault, Irving did not face any official punishment last week after sharing an Amazon link to a movie containing anti-Semitic metaphors.
This isn’t the first time Irving has shared information about a controversial video. Last month, on the same day Alex Jones went to trial for his false allegations about the Sandy Hook school massacre, the Nets star shared a 2002 video of Alex Jones criticizing the “New World Order” on his Instagram story. Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – considered by many to be the greatest player to ever make the NBA roster – was later dubbed Irving.
Abdul-Jabbar wrote on his spare bag: “Alex Jones is one of the most despicable humans alive, and being associated with him means you share his stench.” Today, another group of NBA greats has taken over.
“I think the NBA dropped the ball. I think it should have been stopped. I think Adam [Silver] said Charles Barclay, himself no stranger to controversy. “They made a mistake… [and] I can’t believe we’re talking about that idiot.”
He continued, “We have arrested and fined people who have committed homophobic insults. I think if you insult the black community, you should be suspended or fined.”
In a frequently-repeated podium debate with ESPN reporter Nick Friedel and others, Irving argued that he was not promoting the ideas contained in the video, or even the video itself. He said simply posting the movie’s Amazon.com page link to her 17 million Instagram followers without comment was not a promotion, though the post later disappeared.
Inside the NBAShaquille O’Neal, who was an early Twitter user and currently has 27 million followers on Instagram, said, “You have to be aware of what you’re doing…some people are conscious and some are not. I can tell he’s not. When you’re good at basketball. As it is, people listen to you.
“It pains me to sit here and talk about the things that divide us. We have to sit here and answer what this idiot did. I stand for the equality of all people.”
Host Ernie Johnson took a more inclusive view during the discussion.
“I think we lost our way. I think we lost our way in this country,” Johnson said. “We’ve lost the thought process: If you put this out there, who’s going to hurt?
“Where is the civility these days? Where is the empathy?” he asked.