Adam Silver said he has "no doubt" that Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving is not antisemitic after the two had what the NBA commissioner called "a direct and candid conversation" earlier this week at the league's headquarters in New York.

Silver, who is Jewish, discussed Irving in an interview with The New York Times on Thursday, two weeks after the Nets guard made a controversial post that included an Amazon link to a film containing antisemitic ideas. The interview occurred after Silver spoke at the Sports Business Journal Dealmakers Conference in Washington, D.C.

Irving's post received massive backlash, with the Nets ultimately suspending him for at least five games and Nike co-founder Phil Knight announcing Thursday that the shoe company's relationship with Irving is likely severed for good.

"He's someone I've known for a decade, and I've never heard an antisemitic word from him or, frankly, hate directed at any group," Silver told the Times.

Silver added: "Whether or not he is antisemitic is not relevant to the damage caused by the posting of hateful content."

Silver acknowledged to the Times that criticism the league and the Nets received for not disciplining Irving faster "may be fair." Irving was suspended by the Nets on Nov. 3, one week after he posted his tweet, after he failed to formally apologize during a news conference earlier in the day. Irving issued an apology in an Instagram post later that night.