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Kyrie Irving Could Return to the Nets Soon. A Top Jewish Leader Still Hopes to Meet Him.


What’s the A.D.L.’s stance currently on working with Irving and the Nets, specifically given the donation that was pledged? Is it still your stance you could’t accept that cash?

I don’t know. And I just think the cash becomes a distraction.

We never set the terms of his return. I had nothing to do with that. I used to be reached out to by the Nets and so they said, “Would you be willing to satisfy with Kyrie?” And I said, “In fact I should meet with him,” but we didn’t set the terms for his return. At the tip of the day, that’s as much as the Nets and the N.B.A. and the players’ association to figure that out.

It was never concerning the money. It still isn’t.

What would you prefer to hear from Kyrie Irving?

I feel it’s that he’s authentically committed to a means of self-education after which taking those learnings and sharing it with others.

One in all the things that the Nets said publicly is that one the necessities for him to return was that he has to satisfy with Jewish leaders. To your knowledge, has he done that? He hasn’t met with you, but have you ever beneficial other leaders that he should check with?

They did ask me and I feel I actually have given them names.

I feel it could be useful for Kyrie to satisfy with Jewish leaders, and he could meet with me. He actually doesn’t need to. I don’t make the necessities here.

But I feel something else that matters — that I didn’t say before about Kyrie, that’s value saying now — Kyrie Irving plays in Brooklyn. Brooklyn has certainly one of the most important Jewish populations. It has the most important Jewish population of any of the boroughs in Recent York.

When he mainstreamed that film that’s so hurtful, and he plays for a team where he’s got Jewish fans within the Barclays each night, and Jewish kids like my very own wearing his jerseys because he plays for Brooklyn, he’s right down the road. That’s a part of what was so difficult here, too.

So to bring it to bring it back, yes. I can be willing to sit down down with Kyrie this afternoon or at any time limit. I also think he needs to satisfy with Jewish leaders from Brooklyn.

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