Kyrie Irving: ‘I cannot be antisemitic if I know where I come from’
Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets reacts to an official's call during a preseason game against the Milwaukee Bucks at Fiserv Forum on Oct. 12, 2022, in Milwaukee. - Stacy Revere/Getty Images North America/TNS

NEW YORK — After the backlash he faced for posting a documentary laced with heavily antisemitic rhetoric on his social media channels, Nets’ star Kyrie Irving said he’s not standing down from his beliefs — and that those beliefs are not intended to demean the Jewish community but are part of a quest to further understand his own heritage. “I cannot be antisemitic,” Irving said after Nets Practice at the HSS Training Facility in Industry City on Thursday, “if I know where I come from.” NBA commissioner Adam Silver issued a statement Thursday morning displaying dissatisfaction with Irving, who a...