Not everyone's a fan of the Brooklyn Nets' decision to suspend Kyrie Irving and then impose multiple tasks that the point guard must pass before getting reinstated. Comedian and host Jon Stewart also had a say on the matter when he recently appeared on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and offered his opinions on how anti-Semitic rhetoric has impacted society.
"The one thing I will say is I don't believe that censorship and penalties are the way to end anti-Semitism or to not gain understanding," Stewart said. "I don't believe in that. And I think it's the wrong way for us to approach it. Kyrie Irving, they suspended him from playing basketball. If you want to punish the man, send him to the Knicks."
Stewart's insightful take
The comedic legend of Jewish descent gave an insightful take on how the Nets should have approached the Irving drama before veering off course a bit to poke fun at his hometown team.
Thankfully, Stewart turned serious while discussing the matter, as some of his insights seem to be shared by some people around the league, such as the outspoken Jaylen Brown.
"In all seriousness, penalizing somebody for having a thought I don't think is the way to change their minds or gain understanding," Stewart continued. "This is a grown-ass man, and the idea that you would say to him, 'We're gonna put you in a time out. You have to sit in the corner and stare at the wall until you no longer believe that the Jews control the international banking system.'”
"We have to get past this in the country, the ability to...look, people think this. People think Jews control Hollywood. People think Jews control the banks. And to pretend that they don't [think that], and to not deal with it in a straightforward manner, we will never gain any kind of understanding of each other."
As Stewart notes, punishing or censoring Irving may not be the best solution for him to understand the seriousness of his recent actions. But as of today, the Nets star is still suspended and has missed seven contests.
Dragging the Knicks into it
But, of course, Stewart had to drag his beloved New York Knicks into the discussion. It should be noted that Stewart has been wont to take shots at the Knicks in the past several years because of the organization's failure to provide fans with a team to root for.
Considering everything that has happened these past four seasons, maybe it is the Knicks that dodged a bullet when the seven-time All-Star chose to sign with the Nets. Charles Barkley would probably agree.