Several fans had a strong message for Kyrie Irving amid his backlash for posting about an anti-Semitic movie on social media — donning yarmulkes and “fight antisemitism” shirts while sitting courtside at the Nets game.
The group sat near the Indiana bench during the Pacers vs. Nets matchup in Brooklyn … and Kyrie reportedly acknowledged them by making a thumb’s up gesture, although it’s unclear if he spoke to them during the contest.
The move comes on the heels of Kyrie’s decision to tweet out a link to “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America,” a movie that has been accused of being filled with stereotypes and tropes.
Kyrie defended the move … saying he “meant no disrespect to anyone’s religious beliefs.”
“The ‘Anti-Semitic’ label that is being pushed on me is not justified and does not reflect the reality or truth I live in everyday,” he added. “I embrace and want to learn from all walks of life and religions.”
Joe Tsai — the owner of the Nets — spoke out against Irving’s post … saying he was disappointed in the superstar’s decision to share the project.
Tsai also said he wanted to meet with Irving to help him understand why his actions were hurtful.
Kanye West — who is also facing his own backlash — commented on Kyrie’s actions … calling him a “real one.”
As for the game, the Nets won 116-109 … with Irving earning 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
He did not speak with the media after the contest.
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