On the sidelines of the conference organized by the Sport Business Journal, Adam Silver publicly evoked the recent controversy born after the sharing on Twitter by Kyrie Irving of an anti-Semitic film and the disconcerting statements of the person concerned once he had been summoned to explain. Silver, who is Jewish and has met Irving in recent days, said: “He’s someone I’ve known for over a decade and I’ve never heard him utter anti-Semitic words or hateful words towards anyone. »
That’s not to say he’s exonerating the still-suspended Brooklyn Nets point guard from any responsibility in the matter. “Whether he is anti-Semitic or not is irrelevant to the harm caused by sharing this hateful content. »
Silver also gave a partial mea culpa on the time taken by the league and the Nets to make decisions. A period during which Irving’s statements only swelled the controversy. The one who has led the league since 2014 explained that the NBA and himself wanted to be sure to make the right choices in relation to the facts in question. He now believes that the five-match suspension was a proportionate sanction. Irving, however, must complete a whole series of actions before he can find the group of the Nets.