Members of Inside the NBA on the TNT studio and broadcast team shared their thoughts on the situation involving Kyrie Irving on Tuesday night.
Irving found himself in hot water for a tweet since deleted about an anti-Semitic film.
On TNT’s pre-game show, Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley shared their thoughts on Irving. Shaq said Irving only displayed a general lack of awareness of what he was posting on social media.
“Some people are aware, some people aren’t. I can tell he’s not aware, he doesn’t really care what’s going on,” Shaq said. loved and promoted brings people together. And it hurts me sometimes when we have to sit here and talk about game-dividing things. Now we have to answer for what that idiot did.
Barkley thinks it’s crazy the league didn’t punish him sooner for the tweet.
“I think (the NBA) should have suspended him,” Barkley said. “I think (NBA Commissioner Adam Silver) should have suspended him. First of all, Adam is Jewish – you can’t take my $40 million and insult my religion. You’re going to insult me, you you have the right, but I have the right to say, ‘You can’t take my 40 million dollars and insult my religion.’
“We suspended people and fined those who made homophobic slurs,” Barkley added. “And it was the right thing to do. If you insult the black community, you should be suspended or heavily fined.
During the Nets/Bulls game broadcast on TNT, Reggie Miller said it was interesting to see how the NBA as a community did not collectively object to what Irving posted in relation to racially-related incidents involving former Clippers owner Donald Sterling and soon to be former Suns owner Robert Sarver.
“When Donald Sterling stepped in, when Robert Sarver did recently, our voices in the basketball community and our players were vocally strong in a certain type of discipline that was passed on – or gone,” Miller said. “The players dropped the ball on this deal when it was one of their own. It was crickets.
“And that’s disappointing because this league was built on the shoulders of the players who are its defenders,” he added. “Good is good and bad is bad. And if you call the owners, and rightly so, you should also call the players. You can’t shut up about this for Kyrie Irving. I also want to hear from the players and their strong opinions, just like we heard from Robert Sarver and Donald Sterling.
Some sports media reacted to Miller’s comments.
The Nets are considering some kind of discipline on Irving, but Barkley felt it was too late. The NBA Players Association released a statement on the situation but did not refer to Irving by name.
“Anti-Semitism has no place in our society. The NBPA is focused on creating an environment where everyone is accepted,” the statement read. “We are committed to helping players fully understand that certain words can lead to the spread of hateful ideologies. We will continue to work to identify and combat all hate speech whenever it occurs.