Jaylen Brown finds it “alarming” how Nets owner Joe Tsai is handling Kyrie Irving’s suspension.
The Boston Celtics star responded to Tsai telling The Post’s Brian Lewis that Irving “still has work to do” before he can return to the team, as the point guard is serving a suspension for a now-deleted social media post that appears to promote an anti-semitic film and book. On top of that, he still also requires completion of six requirements, including sensitivity training and meeting with Jewish leaders.
Brown retweeted Tsai’s quote, writing, “This response is alarming for multiple reasons.”
Following the Celtics’ victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday, the All-Star forward reiterated his comment as he alluded to Tsai’s connection to China.
“[Tsai’s] response was alarming to me.” he said postgame. “He didn’t say that the organization was working together to get Kyrie back on the floor. He said that [Kyrie] had more work to do. And our society has more work to do, including Joe Tsai. It’s 2022. It takes 10 minutes of time to see who these business owners, corporations etc., who they’re associated with and who they’re doing business with, who they’re affiliated with.
“I’m vice president of the union, and it’s part of my job to protect our players legally. And to see [co-founder and chairman of Nike] Phil Knight first come out and condemn Kyrie, and also see Joe Tsai say he has more work to do, I think it’s time for a larger conversation.”
It’s unclear when Irving will return to the floor. The All-Star guard issued a public apology on Instagram earlier this month, after his suspension was announced.
Irving will miss his seventh game Tuesday night as the Nets take on the Sacramento Kings. Nike has suspended its relationship with the NBA champion in wake of the controversy.