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NBA Agrees to Lift Kyrie Irving's Suspension After He Converts to Orthodox Judaism
"This is a step in the right direction."
Brooklyn, New York — NBA basketball player Kyrie Irving has been taken off suspension after he agreed to convert to Orthodox Judaism following a controversy over anti-Semitism.
“Irving is ready to make the commitment to become a part of the Jewish community if it means he is able to play again,” said an individual with knowledge of the matter. “He has already booked his trip to Jerusalem to make a pilgrimage to the Wailing Wall.”
“When he gets back, he will move to a local Orthodox community and begin his Jewish education,” he added.
Irving came under fire after posting a link to a movie on Amazon that allegedly espoused anti-Semitic views.
The NBA suspended the Brooklyn Nets star after determining that his apology was not sincere enough.
“Taking down the post, apologizing for it, and offering to donate half a million dollars to address anti-Jewish hate wasn’t nearly enough to atone for the hate he inflamed,” said an NBA representative. “But if he goes through the conversion, offers $1 million, washes the commissioner’s car weekly, and babysits my kids once a month, then we should be good.”
Irving has reportedly already started keeping kosher and is seeking a rabbinical sponsor to walk him through the conversion process. While he is looking forward to this new adventure, one of his friends told The Smattering that he is concerned about finding a yarmulke that will stay on his head when he’s on the court.
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