On Thursday, Joe Tsai and the Brooklyn Nets came to a final decision to suspend Kyrie Irving without pay for at least the next five games. All this came about after he promoted a film containing anti-semitic tropes on his social media.
Irving forced Tsai’s hand when he refused to condemn the anti-semitic content of the documentary when speaking to reporters on Thursday.
In the midst of all this is the silence from other NBA players.
During Friday’s episode of First Take, ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith explained why other athletes have been largely quiet about this.
“The reason why you’re not hearing from other athletes is cause collectively they are thinking what was this guy thinking of, why in God’s name would he do this!” Smith said.