The networks play the biggest games of their season, but there are far bigger things in the world. And Kyrie Irving is using his platform to remind people of her and shed light on more important questions outside of court.
The Nets star declined to answer basketball questions after beating between 105 and 91 on Saturday the cops had won. Instead, he focused on bigger problems in the world, including the ongoing violence between Israel and Palestine.
« I’m not going to lie to you, there’s a lot going on in this world and basketball just isn’t the most important thing to me right now, » said Irving. « There’s a lot going on overseas, all of my people, they’re still in bondage all over the world. And it’s getting a lot dehumanized. I apologize if I don’t focus on your questions. It’s just too busy on the World than just talking about basketball.
« I focus on this [crap] most of the time, but it’s just too busy not to address. » It’s sad too see this [crap] going on. And not just in Palestine. It’s not just in Israel. It’s all over the world, man. And I feel it. I’m very compassionate to all races, all cultures and see how many different people are discriminated or discriminated against because of their religion, color their skin, what they believe in … we all say, « We are human and. » We care and we are compassionate. « But what do you do in order to help?
“My goal out here is to help humanity n. And I can’t sit here and not address that. I don’t care how you stand on either side, if you are human and support the ongoing anti-war effort, many people lose their lives, children, many babies. That’s exactly what I’m focusing on. «
The conflict Irving alluded to has been going on since the end of World War II. But the last week-long outbreak of violence has been staggering.
According to CNN, Israel owns the home of Hamas’ Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar, bombed, and Hamas fired over 100 rockets at Israel on Sunday. According to Reuters, the death toll in Gaza has reached 192 – including 58 children. At least 1,225 were injured, the number is expected to rise.
« If you are paying attention or are aware of what is going on, are you aware of what is going on in the world and you feel it, what are you going to do about it? « Irving asked rhetorically. » Are you going to write about it? Are you going to tweet about it? Are you going to be out there with them? Are you going to protest? Plan and strategize what we can do better as a community, that is, a community that stands by oneness and liberation. «
Irving is known for his philanthropy, starting with Buying a house for George Floyd’s family, from donations to WNBA players during the pandemic shutdown, to funding food banks. « I’m just trying to pay it forward as best I can by talking behind the scenes, » said Irving. « We’re so divided and separated. It just gets ridiculous. Now so many people just choose one side or the other. And I’m only here to say I’m on God’s side and I’m on God’s side. Treat. » simply every person the way you expect, no matter who they are, how they look, where they come from. If you really believe in standing as one, you are with us.
« You just can’t be afraid to say what you believe in. It’s not about consuming information or trying to be right and politically correct. It’s just about doing what God wants us all to do. And that’s the good word to treat everyone with respect, compassion and love. «
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