What Kyrie Irving and the rest of the NBA should have done over the course of seven ugly days finally happened late Thursday in the wake of star player's brutal and unacceptable refusal to say "no" when asked if he was antisemitic.
Since last week, it was hemming and hawing and mealy-mouthed cowardice from nearly everyone grappling with Kyrie's promotion of an antisemitic documentary. Then, all at once yesterday, it seemed, there was a suspension, condemnation, and, at last, an apology.
It started early Thursday when Kyrie's refusal to say he's not antisemitic led someone -- belatedly, but finally -- to act. Credit to the Brooklyn Nets for suspending their star player for "no less than five games."
The Nets statement had the kind of unequivocal, Kyrie-is-wrong clarity that had been missing over the past week: " ... we are of the view that he is currently unfit to be associated with the Brooklyn Nets."
Then several hours later, deep into Thursday night, Kyrie released a statement on social media, finally apologizing, writing, "To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize."
Whether or not that apology is enough, or sincere, will be determined in the coming days, though sources around the NBA believe he will play again given his latest statement.