Irving back with Nets, offers apology


Kyrie Irving returned to the Nets on Sunday and apologized to anyone who felt threatened or hurt when he posted a link to a documentar­y with antisemiti­c material. Irving was suspended by the team on Nov. 3, hours after he refused to say he had no antisemiti­c beliefs when meeting with reporters at the Nets’ practice facility. Back at the building for the team’s morning shootaroun­d, Irving said he should have handled that interview differentl­y. “I don’t stand for anything close to hate speech or antisemiti­sm,” Irving said. “I feel like we all should have an opportunit­y to speak for ourselves when things are assumed about us and I feel it was necessary for me to stand in this place and take accountabi­lity for my actions, because there was a way I should have handled all this and as I look back and reflect when I had the opportunit­y to offer my deep regrets to anyone that felt threatened or felt hurt by what I posted, that wasn’t my intent at all.” Irving, 30, missed eight games during the suspension. The seven-time All-Star point guard was available to play in the team’s home game Sunday night against the Grizzlies.

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