MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN: Dallas Mavericks point guard Kyrie Irving was dressed to make a statement as he arrived for an NBA postgame press conference on Nov. 19. He wore a black and white scarf called a keffiyeh, which is a traditional symbol of solidarity with Palestine among activists.
His Dallas Mavericks team lost the game to the Milwaukee Bucks 132-125. The All-Star only discussed the game during the interview, which ended in disappointment for his team after blowing a 10-point lead in the fourth quarter.
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Irving gave no explanation for his outfit and did not answer any questions about the war between Israel and Hamas during the press conference, according to marca.com.
Kyrie Irving’s Fashion Statement Supporting Palestine
Although Irving converted to Islam in 2021, the hairstyle is considered a pro-Palestinian statement, as it was not the first time that week.
On November 17, official photographs on Mavericks social media showed Irving at practice wearing basketball shoes with the message “No more genocide” written on them. He signed with Chinese shoe brand ANTA after Nike terminated his contract.
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Kyrie Irving has been accused of anti-Semitism in the past
In November 2022, Irving shared a link to a documentary on social media that, he later admitted, contained “false anti-Semitic statements, narratives and remarks that were false and offensive to the Jewish race/religion.”
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He was suspended seven games without pay as a member of the Brooklyn Nets and lost his business relationship with Nike as a result. Irving, however, later apologized to the communities he had hurt with the post. The player and team later announced that each would donate $500,000 to anti-hate causes.
Internet divided over Kyrie Irving’s keffiyeh wearing
“❤️ This is how we should roll,” one user posted in thanks.
❤️ this is how we should roll
– Malcolm X Movement🔻 (@mxmovement) November 19, 2023
“Kyrie was never afraid to lose money to stand up for what’s right. Many can learn from him,” said another.
Kyrie has never been afraid to lose money to stand up for what’s right. Many can learn from him
— Meeno (@Meeno1209) November 19, 2023
“I have so much respect for Kyrie. This man stands for something, no matter the consequences,” echoed a third.
I have so much respect for Kyrie. This man stands for something, regardless of the consequences.
— Calvin Johnson (@CalvinJ85715439) November 19, 2023
“They are going to kick this man out of the league,” commented a fourth.
They’re going to kick this man out of the league.
– Bushido Brown🪑🪑🪑🪑🪑🪑 (@CucamongaKilla) November 20, 2023
“A stupid move,” retorted one Internet user.
A stupid move
— Repairs Now (@Reperations4AA) November 20, 2023
“F**kin 🤡” was someone else’s opinion.
Damn 🤡 pic.twitter.com/IWAVA6Q7wz
– RAADDRR-VAN@P-ANALYS 🌎 (@raaddrr) November 20, 2023
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