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Kyrie Irving returns to the Brooklyn Nets after serving 8-game suspension

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Kyrie Irving 8 game suspension It ended on Sunday as the Star point guard suited the Brooklyn Nets’ game against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Irving hasn’t played for the Nets since November 1st. he tweeted a link to the documentary It contained an anti-Semitic message and then initially refused to issue an apology.

Irving has since issued multiple apologies, including media availability before Sunday’s game.

“I would like to deeply apologize to everyone who has been affected in the last few weeks, especially Jewish relatives, Black relatives, all races and cultures,” Irving said Sunday. “We all feel the impact. I do not support hate speech, anything close to anti-Semitism, or anything “anti” against humanity. ”

“I feel it was necessary to stand here and take responsibility for my actions,” Irving said.

Irving received a warm welcome from the Brooklyn crowd during his pre-tip-off introduction. He finished the night with 14 points and 5 rebounds in the Nets’ 127-115 victory over the Grizzlies.

“I felt good,” said Irving after returning to the court after the game.

“I missed my teammates,” Irving told reporters. “I lost my coaching staff.

When asked if he would file a complaint about his suspension, Irving said he would let his legal team make that decision.

“I have strong people around me, men and women, who will do everything they can to protect me and my family and to protect each other. The future,” Irving said. “We don’t have that timetable at the moment.”

Ahead of Sunday’s game, Nets coach Jack Vaughan showed no hesitation in his decision to start the game with Irving on the court.

“He’s going to start and we’ll see where his conditioning is and the pace of the games we want to play. “You’ll get used to it quickly,” Vaughan said.

In an interview with SNY’s Ian Begley on Saturday, Irving said he reacted emotionally to being called an “anti-Semite.”

“I felt like I was defending my character, but I reacted out of pure defense, hurt by being labeled, or being labeled anti-Semitic or anti-Semitic. It’s very disrespectful to ask me if I was an anti-Semite,” Irving said.

The Nets’ next scheduled game is Tuesday at the Philadelphia 76ers.

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