Nets guard Kyrie IrvingDuring a television interview on Saturday, he said that he wanted the world to know that despite being suspended since Nov. 3. “apologize deeply” For posting a link to antisemitic films.

“I’m not antisemitic,” Irving told SNY, a local New York outlet This was his first interview in-depth since his suspension. “I never have been. I don’t have hate in my heart for the Jewish people or anyone that identifies as a Jew. I’m not anti-Jewish or any of that.”

IrvingThe videoconference was used to allow a conversation between he and his basketball absence. After his Twitter post, there was much criticism. He stated that he now understood. “the power of my voice, the influence that I have.”

“I’m no one’s idol, but I am a human being that wants to make impact and change. In order to do that, I have to live responsibly and set a greater example for our youth, for my generation and the older generation,” He said. “So I just think I really want to focus on the hurt that I caused or the impact that I made within the Jewish community.”

October 27, Irving Twitter user posted a link to a 2018 movie called “Hebrew to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” This movie was filled with antisemitic tropes. It also included false claims about the Holocaust. The tweet was deleted eventually.

Numerous combative news conferences took place with reporters. Irving The video was posted without his permission. He also declined to apologize and said that he did not hold antisemitic views. This led to widespread criticism and outrage within and outside the N.B.A. circles. He Also, he stated that he believes in a during one of the appearances. “new world order” Alex Jones, Infowars broadcaster pushed conspiracy theory.

The video of Saturday’s interview can be viewed here Irving was asked about his views on Jews, but not about Jones or his suspension — and potential return — to the sport.

The interview was published shortly after it was published. Irving’s status to “questionable” The Nets will host the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. This is an indication that they are ready to play. Irving’s suspension may have been lifted.

“Kyrie took ownership of his journey and had conversations with several members of the Jewish community,” The Nets released a statement. “We are pleased that he is going about the process in a meaningful way.”

The suspension has resulted in the 30 year-old Irving He lost a Nike shoe deal and his future with the Nets was in doubt. He apologized in an Instagram post after the suspension was announced, but the team’s general manager, Sean Marks, said on Nov. 4 that the apology wasn’t enough. Irving, a seven-time All-Star in the last year of his contract with the Nets, has long been one of the N.B.A.’s more controversial players while also being one of its most talented guards. He has been known to have publicly promoted other false conspiracy theories in the past like the idea that the earth is flat. He was a big issue for those who oppose government vaccine mandates last season when he refused to be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Irving from playing in most of last year’s home games.

N.B.A. N.B.A. Irving To be antisemitic. Irving He has missed eight games so far.

Irving He described his time away from the franchise this way “a learning journey” And that’s it “was a lot of hurt that needed to be healed.” He Also, he said that he had done “a lot of reflection.”

I got a chance to do that with some great people from the Jewish community, from the Black community, you know, from the white community,” Irving said. “I’ve had so many conversations with all of our races and cultures and religious groups of people just trying to better my perspective on how we live a more harmonious life.”

Irving Although he did not give specific details about the people he spoke to, he stated that he is an acquaintance. “man who stands for peace.”

“I don’t condone any hate speech or any prejudice, and I don’t want to be in a position where I’m being misunderstood on where I stand in terms of antisemitism or any hate for that matter, for anybody in this world,” Irving said. “So the process over the last few weeks was just a lot of conversations. I don’t want to get too deep into the details of those conversations, but they were very moving, very impactful. And it helped me become more aware of the repair that needed to be done.”

When he was asked about his motivation for tweeting the link, he replied that he did so to make the video more accessible. Irving He said that he had “meant no harm.”

“I wanted to share the link with all those that were also on the same journey in search for their heritage as I am on,” Irving said. “The unfortunate aspect in that three-hour documentary is the antisemitic remarks. You know, in terms of generalizing Jewish people, I believe that was unfair and that wasn’t the aspect of the post that I wanted the focus to be on.”

He added, “It was just a post. It was no context I’ll put into it.”

Irving His upbringing in West Orange, N.J. was also an important part of his story. “melting pot,” He did not immediately denounce antisemitism at first.

“I grew up around Jewish people,” Irving said. “I grew up around, you know, different white people that identified as their own heritage. And I’ve identified as my own heritage. And, you know, within all that, as a kid, I really picked up early on that we are really legitimately one human race and it is our job as human beings to protect one another.”

He added, “All in all, I felt like I was protecting my character. And I reacted out of, you know, just pure defense and I’m just hurt that I could be labeled or I thought that I was being labeled as anti Semitic or anti-Jewish. And I felt like that was just so disrespectful to ask me whether or not I was antisemitic or not.”