“When I Hear What Kyrie Irving Has To Go Through….”: Former Bulls Star Makes Honest Admission of Being “Appalled” Following Recent Controversy

Published 11/09/2022, 8:50 AM EST
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving (11) of the Brooklyn Nets takes the court against the Denver Nuggets during the first quarter on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)

It seems like Jay Williams has had it with the Kyrie Irving controversy. The former NBA star recently gave his stance on the whole Brooklyn Nets star issue. On November 8, 2022, Williams uploaded an over four mins long video where he addressed the matter. According to Williams’ statement, the Nets’ punishment for Irving was apparently a little too much. He later went on to explain why he spoke out in support of Irving.

Ever since Kyrie Irving posted about the movie that supposedly promoted antisemitic beliefs, he has been under a constant spotlight. From bursting out during a media interview to getting suspended by the Brooklyn Nets, Irving has been through his fair share of trouble. Moreover, the harsh criticisms from almost everyone in the sports community has only made matters worse.

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Additionally, upon his suspension, the Nets set out a list of tasks for Irving to do. Only after completing the tasks, would he be allowed to return to the team.

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Until now, only a handful of people have spoken in the NBA champion’s defense. One of them being rapper Kanye West, who is going through a similar crisis of his own. Another star to do so is former Chicago Bulls star Jay Williams.

Former NBA star speaks out in support of Kyrie Irving

On Tuesday, Jay Williams released a video on his stance on the whole Kyrie Irving matter. Williams’ statement indicated that he understood what Irving really meant when he tried explaining about the post in the media interview. However, Williams did agree that Irving could have approached the situation in a different way. Furthermore, he also believed that Irving was not antisemitic and that it was mostly just a case of misunderstanding.

“When I hear, what Kyrie Irving has to go through in order to be reinstated, I’m appalled,” said Williams.

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According to Williams, there have been several personalities who have said or done things that were hurtful to a certain community. However, they did not have to perform the tasks the way Irving is expected to do. Those people only had to apologize and all was good. Williams further stated that the world was more understanding when it came to them but Irving’s apology was not enough.

Additionally, he said, “But we’re gonna put everything on the shoulders of Kyrie Irving, who, even though he said, ‘I cannot be antisemitic because if I know where I came from.’ stating that he is one of the four lost tribes. He’s saying that Blacks and Jews come from the same entity.”

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Afterwards, Williams said that he would not stay silent while people made Irving a ‘villain’ when all he wanted was to was ‘explore his heritage.’

What do you think of Williams’ stance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Siyari Debbarma

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Siyari Debbarma is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. She is currently pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering from Abascus Institute of Engineering and Management. She previously interned at the Y-East Organization as a content writer.

Edited By: Satagni Sikder

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