NEW YORK (AP) – Kyrie Irving will no longer speak to reporters on Tuesday as the Brooklyn Nets decide how best to respond to the star guard’s fallout by posting a link to an anti-Semitic film on social media.
Irving defiantly defended himself and defended his right to post whatever he believed after the Nets’ game on Saturday, and general manager Sean Marks said the team didn’t want to cause any further ‘fuss’ by resuming. Irving’s word after playing on Tuesday.
“I think everyone knows he’s going to have to answer those questions at some point and he hasn’t shied away in the past,” Marks said. “But I think the last post-match meeting didn’t go well and we’re not trying to hide that, I think it’s something that needs to be addressed, but let’s address it in the right light. form and in the right way.”
Marks said the controversy surrounding Irving was not the catalyst for the team leaving coach Steve Nash on Tuesday. But it’s another headache for a team struggling on the pitch and keeping fans away. Some wore “Fight Antisemitism” shirts as they sat courtside during the Nets’ win over Indiana on Monday.
“Look, it’s understandable. I completely empathize with what’s going on here,” Marks said. “I’m definitely not proud of the situation we’re in, you know?”
Irving, who deleted the Twitter post on Sunday, did not speak to the media after Monday’s game.
Marks said the organization is having discussions with the Anti-Defamation League to get advice on the best course of action with Irving. Irving will continue to play in the meantime, but won’t talk for at least one more game.
“At some point he will come here and do media again, but I think at this point we don’t want to cause more noise right now, more interaction with people,” Marks said. “Let it simmer and let…I guess let fresher spirits prevail. We have to go out and educate ourselves, educate the whole group and get direction, ask the experts, and one of them is definitely the ADL.