The Anti-Defamation League is refusing to accept Kyrie Irving‘s donation … with its CEO saying in a statement Thursday the org. is giving back the $500K that the Nets star donated this week.
Jonathan Greenblatt made the announcement on his Twitter page — just minutes after Brooklyn suspended the point guard for at least five games.
In his statement, Greenblatt said that after Irving refused to specifically apologize for tweeting out a link to a film that contained antisemitic rhetoric despite having multiple opportunities to do so … the ADL “cannot in good conscience accept his donation.”
“We were optimistic,” Greenblatt said, “but after watching the debacle of a press conference, it’s clear that Kyrie feels no accountability for his actions.”
Irving initially made the donation on Wednesday evening … with the Nets saying they’d match his pledge. A statement came attached to the announcement of the contribution, with Irving appearing to express remorse for his tweet.
But, things only got worse after that — despite having several chances to straight-up apologize or completely denounce antisemitism, Kyrie refused.
“I cannot be antisemitic if I know where I come from,” Irving said when asked if he held any antisemitic beliefs.
He also would not explain what parts of the film he disagreed with … saying, “I think some of the criticism of the Jewish faith and the community for sure. Some points made in there that were unfortunate.”
The ADL isn’t alone. NBA commissioner Adam Silver — who is Jewish — unloaded on Irving for his comments … saying he was “disappointed and” would be meeting with him in person over the matter.
Irving has since been suspended at least 5 games … with the Nets saying they’re “currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets.”
It’s unclear if the ADL will accept the Nets’ $500k donation that came along with Kyrie’s contribution.
Irving’s now had three chances to put the controversy behind him … and only continues to dig himself into a deeper hole.