The Brooklyn Nets are expected to reinstate Kyrie Irving from suspension this Sunday when they play the Memphis Grizzlies.
Back on Nov. 1, Kyrie Irving was suspended for a minimum of five games without pay by the Brooklyn Nets for promoting an antisemitic film on his Twitter account. After sharing the video and facing backlash, Irving did not formally apologize when given multiple opportunities to do so. Irving had to fulfill multiple tasks in order to receive reinstatement.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania (subscription required), the Nets are expected to have Irving return for the team’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday, Nov. 20.
Nets reportedly expected to reinstate Kyrie Irving on Nov. 20
Twitter users reacted to the news of Irving expected to be reinstated from suspension as soon as this Sunday.
Irving had multiple opportunities to apologize in front of the media, but didn’t do so. One such opportunity saw him get into a tense verbal exchange with ESPN’s Nick Friedell.
At the time of the suspension, Irving was asked by the team to complete six tasks to receive reinstatement from suspension. Those items included apologizing for promoting the film, complete sensitivity and antisemitism training, meet with the Anti-Defamation League and Jewish leaders, donate $500,000 to anti-hate causes, and meeting with Nets owner Joe Tsai.
When the suspension was announced, Irving issued an apology on his Instagram account.
Sources told Charania that both the Nets and the league were “happy with what Irving has done throughout the process,” citing how many community leaders he met with during his suspension. the one anonymous source said that Irving went “above and beyond” what he was asked to do.
Irving had a “productive and understanding” visit with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, per a tweet from Charania on Nov. 8.
Tsai tweeted out on Nov. 11 that it was clear to him that Irving “does not have any beliefs of hate towards Jewish people or any group.”
Prior to his suspension after not directly apologizing for the tweet in question, Nike suspended their partnership with Irving.
Irving has missed seven games at the time the report dropped, and will miss Brooklyn’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday night.
The Nets will play the Grizzlies at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.