He added, “If you’re coping with that emotion, I believe you’ve got to let it out. And I did. And there have been some things that were misinterpreted and misunderstood in those comments and people other news conferences. All I used to be intending to say is that I stand strong with the people I come from.”
Irving was also critical of a reported list of six demands the Nets had laid out as conditions for his return. That list, reported by The Athletic, included requirements that Irving meet with representatives from the Anti-Defamation League and complete sensitivity training. The Nets haven’t publicly confirmed the list.
Jonathan Greenblatt, the top of the A.D.L., told The Latest York Times on Thursday that he had not met with Irving, though he hoped to. Irving said he had met with “different people throughout the Jewish community,” but he didn’t specify whom.
“Let’s make clear the list simply because I believe it was inappropriate the way in which it was released in the way in which that it one way or the other pinned me within the corner, as if I used to be guilty of something and as if I used to be, you recognize, this antisemitic person, this label that was placed on me,” Irving said.
Brown had suggested earlier this month in an interview with the Boston Globe that the union would file an appeal to Irving’s suspension.
“I’ve got to go away that to my legal team and leave it to the soldiers I actually have around me,” Irving said after the sport, on whether he had considered filing a grievance against the Nets. “I actually have strong people, men and ladies around me, which can be going to do all the pieces possible to make certain that I’m protected and my family is protected and we protect each other so you recognize, I’m sure some things might be done in the longer term. There’s no timetable on that at once.”
Asked what he considered one in every of the central claims of the film, which is the false trope that Black persons are the unique Israelites, Irving said, “That was the intent once I was watching the movie was to have a deeper understanding of my family heritage and where I come from. And once I said I meant no harm, I meant that.”
“Where all this began from, it was legitimately to study what anti-Blackness was,” Irving added. “And it led me to a documentary that ended up exploring and opening my mind to greater than I could put into words at once.”