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“Kyrie Irving should be suspended immediately,” says Charles Barkley

The NBA continues to stand tall against Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets, who recently promoted a film with anti-semitic beliefs promoted in it. Former NBA MVP Charles Barkley is the latest to speak out against Irving, who came down pretty harsh on the player in the post-match show of Nets’ clash against Chicago Bulls. 

Barkley, one of the great American basketball players of all time who won the Olympic gold twice and the FIBA World Cup once, said that the player should be suspended immediately. He also accused NBA of being too influenced by peer pressure, because of which they are not able to suspend the player.  

“I think he should have been suspended. I think Adam [Silver] should have suspended him,” Barkley said. “First of all, Adam’s Jewish. You can’t take my $40 million and insult my religion. I think the NBA made a mistake. We have suspended people and fined people who have made homophobic slurs, and that was the right thing to do.”

The Nets are having a torrid time dealing with plenty of on-field and off-field troubles. With the management sacking Steve Nash as head coach, they plummeted to a 108-99 defeat against Bulls, where Irving returned with just four points out of the 12 shots he took. 

The controversy for the Nets player emerged Thursday when Irving shared a link to a film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” from 2018. The book and film contain numerous other antisemitic tropes, which received a lot of flack upon its release. 

Irving came in support of this documentary that showed espouses bigoted tropes comes at a time of rising prejudice against Jews in the United States of America. He wasn’t the only celebrity to have received flack for such behavior as rapper Kanye West lost multiple brand endorsements after his derogatory remarks over the Jewish community.

The former NBA champion and Olympic gold medalist was unhappy with the reaction from the fans and went on to add that he will not be changing his views because of an outrage. He said that he has no hate against any specific group of people and did not harm anybody.