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“I don’t believe Kyrie Irving is anti-semitic” — Jaylen Brown defends Brooklyn Nets star

Brown, NBPA vice-president, expects the Players Association to appeal the conditions the Nets set to terminate Kyrie's suspension.
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving talks with forward Jaylen Brown

Kyrie Irving and Jaylen Brown

Boston Celtics star Jaylen Brown came to Kyrie Irving's defense, believing that the embattled point guard is not antisemitic despite his recent actions.

Will the NBAPA get involved?

Irving is serving an indefinite suspension that the Brooklyn Nets levied upon him. The suspension will run for at least five games and will only be lifted if the seven-time All-Star meets certain remedial measures from the Nets organization.

Brown thinks Brooklyn's conditions "seem like a lot" and that there are other players who share his belief. In fact, he said that he expects the National Basketball Players Association, of which he is the Vice President, to appeal the penalty.

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"I'm expecting the NBPA to appeal the suspension from Brooklyn," Brown said. "The terms, etc., that went into his return. The terms for his return, they seem like a lot, and a lot of the players expressed discomfort with the terms."

It is unclear how the entire NBPA body perceives the Irving situation, especially since the controversial star had a non-apology apology. But as a labor union that represents the players, it only seems logical for the organization to fight for its members' rights, especially since the former No. 1 pick's suspension is without pay and can run longer.

Are the Nets' conditions too harsh?

Irving's punishment has divided the NBA world. Some think it is just right, and the Nets' requirements are fair. After all, former Miami Heat big man Meyers Leonard is now an unwanted man in the NBA after he let out an antisemitic slur while live streaming.

Meanwhile, some believe it is too severe, especially because other offenders were able to escape harsh penalties for somewhat similar transgressions. For instance, some netizens mention Anthony Edwards getting off scot-free after using homophobic remarks earlier this year.

Kyrie's next steps remain to be seen. If his suspension runs for just five games, he will be eligible to return to the court for the Nets' Nov. 13 matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers. But with Kai, you never know. 

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