Is Kyrie Irving's Career Over?

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Is Kyrie Irving's Career Over?

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Is Kyrie Irving's Career Over?

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Accountability. Accountability is what allows us as people to understand right and wrong of our decisions. However so often times, this simple mindset falls by the wayside.

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has recently found himself in another situation that forced him to either hold himself accountable for his problematic actions or allow himself to become what many believe he is, a consistent mess. Irving was predictable in his actions and now the question of whether or not Irving will ever play in the NBA again becomes valid.

This isn’t an overreaction because over this past offseason, it was rumored that nobody wanted to trade for Irving or give him a new contract due to his unreliability. He has become a problem and a public relations nightmare over the last few seasons. Nobody other than the Los Angeles Lakers were interested in Irving and even that was only because of the connection to LeBron James. James recently came out against the views that Irving promoted, one of the first among NBA players. Reports are that the Lakers ship has now sailed away so Irving may be left out at sea.

The sad reality of the situation is that more of Irving’s NBA colleagues haven’t come out and condoned his actions. Some members of the media have called for this, and it needs to be repeated.

What lead to all this is Irving’s promotion of an anti-Semitic film. Within the film, there is ideology that many Jewish people worship Satan. Additionally, the film suggests that modern day Jewish people stole the religion and the identity from the original Israelites, which led to the enslavement of the African people.

The troublesome promotion of a film of this nature by a person who has such a large platform has caused major issues. With the history of Anti-Semitism within the United States and around the globe, these hateful ideas spread danger around to the masses. We have seen a rise in Antisemitism in recent years and this promotion came directly after music artist Kanye West also promoted similar beliefs.

I called for him to be held accountable after both the franchise he plays for, and the National Basketball Association failed to do so. Finally, he is being held accountable for his actions even if it’s a little too late. Better late than never but the timeline of these events shows how much bigger the problem is than what is seen on a surface level.

Honestly, what franchise is going to want to deal with this headache of a player?

The Brooklyn Nets made a choice to suspend Irving, stating that he is unfit to be associated with the franchise at this time. They are requiring him to meet certain milestones before he is eligible to return to the team.

Before the suspension came down, Irving had ample times to apologize before this decision was handed down. Yet, he deflected.

He didn’t clearly state whether or not he had Anti-Semitic views. Only to say that he can’t be because he knows where he comes from.

What a load of crap. And another way for him to show who he truly is.

Soon after the suspension, Irving took to social media for a long apology. While it was a step in the right direction, it’s not enough. Irving has continuously gone against the grain and claimed to be the voice of the voiceless. Yet when backed into a corner or questioned about his actions, he deflects.

This comes as another distraction and major problem from a truly gifted basketball player who just can’t seem to get out of his own way. Irving has always been a controversial person, but his on-court results typically outweighed his off-court issues. However, this time that doesn’t seem to be the case.

Irving has lost more than just playing time. He has lost the benefit of the doubt from those around the league. It’s bigger than basketball and unless Irving takes a long look in the mirror, his NBA career will be over.

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