Kyrie Irving Suspended: Here’s What You Need to Know

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  • Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been suspended for at least five games.
  • Kyrie Irving’s suspension stems from his propagation of antisemitic beliefs.
  • The suspension came from the Brooklyn Nets organization, not the NBA.

Normally, this blog exists to talk about NBA odds and other online sports betting news and trends.

Sometimes, though, there’s breaking news. The NBA betting world got another shock on Thursday night when the Brooklyn Nets suspended Kyrie Irving for a minimum of five games. 

Kyrie Suspended: Why Kyrie Irving Was Suspended

The Brooklyn Nets – not the NBA itself – made the decision to suspend Kyrie Irving on the evening of Thursday, November 3, 2022, in response to Irving’s refusal “to unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs.”

Kyrie Irving Pay Per Game: How Much Does Kyrie Irving Make Per Game?

Kyrie Irving’s base salary for the 2022-23 NBA season is $33,460,350, which means Kyrie Irving earns $450,421 for every game in which he plays.

Kyrie Irving Career Earnings

Entering the 2022-23 NBA season, Kyrie Irving had posted $194,017,299 in NBA career earnings.

Kyrie Irving Antisemitic Tweet: What Did Kyrie Irving Post?

Last week, Kyrie Irving tweeted the link to a film that has been widely criticized as promoting antisemitic beliefs and rhetoric.

Kyrie Irving Apology

On Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2022, Kyrie Irving broke his silence following the controversy to say that he opposes “all forms of hatred and oppression and stand[s] strong with communities that are marginalized and impacted every day.”

Irving continued: “I am aware of the negative impact of my post towards the Jewish community and I take responsibility.”

However, Irving did not explicitly deny that he held antisemitic beliefs, nor did he criticize – or acknowledge others’ criticism – of the documentary that he originally shared on his social media platform. That, it seems, was a primary sticking point for Nets ownership.

What Did Charles Barkley Say About Kyrie Irving?

Notable NBA commentator Charles Barkley had a strong reaction to the ongoing Kyrie Irving controversy earlier this week.

Nets Depth Chart

Kyrie Irving is the starting point guard for the Nets; with Irving sidelined from the suspension, 34-year-old veteran Patty Mills will temporarily take over the role.

Patty Mills Stats

Patty Mills averaged 11.4 points per game during the 2021-22 season. He appeared in 81 games for Brooklyn with 48 starts.

Define Antisemitic: Antisemitic Meaning in English

Antisemitism is originally a German term for prejudice and/or hostility that is aimed against Jews.

The term dates back to the late 19th century, when it was ported from German to English.

What Is an Omnist?

Kyrie Irving claims to be an omnist, or someone who believes in (or deeply respects) every form of religion.

Kanye West & Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving’s antics of the past week have arguably gotten even more attention because they correspond with a series of controversial comments made by the popular rapper and entrepreneur, Kanye West. 

Why Is Kyrie Irving Trending?

Nets guard Kyrie Irving has been suspended for at least five games by Nets ownership after he shared a link to a documentary widely criticized as antisemitic.

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