The Brooklyn Nets suspended star player Kyrie Irving for at least five games without pay Thursday days after he shared a link to the documentary ‘Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America’. The 30-year-old was criticized for his allegedly antisemitic views. He, however, refused to apologise. 

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“We were dismayed today, when given an opportunity in a media session, that Kyrie refused to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs, nor acknowledge specific hateful material in the film. This was not the first time he had the opportunity — but failed — to clarify,” the Nets said in a statement.

“Such failure to disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity to do so is deeply disturbing, is against the values of our organization, and constitutes conduct detrimental to the team. Accordingly, we are of the view that he is currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets.”

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Everything about the film Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America

Directed and written by Ronald Dalton Jr, Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America is a documentary about ‘true identity of the Children of Israel’. It attempts to prove the ethnicity of Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, the Sons of Ham, Shem and Japheth by diving how Islam, Judaism and Christianity have covered up the ‘biblical identity of the so-called “Negro”, IMDB states. 

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The 2018 film is based on Dalton Jr.’s book series of the same name. It promotes beliefs, which are commonly found among antisemitic and extremist factions of the BHI movement. It claims that modern Jews are imposters and stole the religious heritage of Black people. 

The book on which the documentary is based includes quotes from the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. 

Irving shared a link to the film on Twitter. He deleted the tweet three days later.