April 1, 2023

Kyrie Irving To Be Cleared For Sunday Return

Kyrie Irving is expected to be cleared to return to game action on Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies at Barclays Center.

Irving will be coming off what became a team-mandated suspension that lasted eight games for posting a link to a film with antisemitic materials.

Sources tell Shams Charania that both sides are happy with what Irving has done throughout the process, especially given the number of community leaders he has met with.

Irving chose to go “above and beyond” what was asked of him, said one source.

Irving met with Silver on Nov. 8, with sources describing a “productive and understanding” visit in New York City. Two days later, Irving and his family met with Nets co-owners Joe Tsai and Clara Wu Tsai.

“(The Anti-Defamation League) never set the terms for Kyrie’s return. At the end of the day, it is up to the Nets, the NBA and the union to figure out whether it’s appropriate for him to return or not,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, told The Athletic on Thursday.

“I can say from my point of view that I take Kyrie at his word that he is truly sorry and that he’s willing to put in the work to educate himself and engage in constructive dialogue. I also trust that the Nets, the NBA and the union are making the right call and if they’re satisfied, I have no reason not to be.”

A source close to the Anti-Defamation League added that the ADL does not believe Irving is antisemitic.