LeBron addresses Kyrie Irving controversy: He did cause harm to a lot of people

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James commented on the Kyrie Irving situation in the aftermath of his former teammate sharing on social media the poster of a movie filled with anti-Jewish propaganda.

“I can tell you this. It’s simple. Me, personally, I don’t condone any hate to any kinds, any race, to Jewish communities, to Black communities, to Asian communities. You guys know where I stand,” James said after he was asked why players around the NBA haven’t talked much about what Irving put on his social media and his comments afterward. “I believe what Kyrie did cause some harm to a lot of people. He has since, over the last — today, or was it yesterday — he apologized. But he caused some harm, and I think it’s unfortunate.

“I don’t stand on the position to harm people when it comes to your voice or your platform or anything. So it doesn’t matter what color your skin is, how tall you are, what position you’re in — if you are promoting or soliciting or saying harmful things to any community that harm people, then I don’t respect it. I don’t condone it.”

A few days ago, Irving posted the poster of “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” a film that was based on a book of the same title. The picture includes several anti-semitic themes and tropes, including Holocaust denial.

When Irving was first asked to talk about his post, he didn’t actually apologize and give a definite answer on if he has antisemitic beliefs. The Brooklyn Nets suspended him without pay for five games.

 

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