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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver Claims Kyrie Irving Is Not Anti-Semitic After Sit-Down With Troubled Star

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NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is not saying troubled Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving is anti-semitic. In an interview Thursday with the New York Times, Silver talked briefly about his meeting with Irving this week at the NBA’s office in Manhattan.

The meeting followed a series of events where Irving promoted a film that contained anti-semitic tropes, then refused to apologize for that in a meaningful way.

Irving is now suspended and has to meet six steps of contrition before he can be reinstated. “We had a direct and candid conversation,” Silver said.“He’s someone I’ve known for a decade, and I’ve never heard an anti-semitic word from him or, frankly, hate directed at any group.” But Silver added, “Whether or not he is anti-semitic is not relevant to the damage caused by the posting of hateful content.” Silver talked to The Times after speaking at a conference in Washington, his first public appearance since the Irving incident started.

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