Nick Cannon: Brooklyn Net’s ‘buck breaking’ six-step course for Kyrie Irving redemption is ‘dehumanizing’

While NBA superstar Kyrie Irving remained suspended from the Brooklyn Nets pending completion of “remedial measures,” actor Nick Cannon came to the player’s defense as he slammed the franchise, likening them to “dehumanizing” “slave masters.”

The remarks from the host of “The Masked Singer” were posted to his social media account Monday when he sat down for the latest installment of “2 Hate or Not 2 Hate” with his co-host, Anti-Defamation League (ADL) CEO Jonathan Greenblatt. In the exchange, Cannon reacted to the list of steps Irving must complete as penance for sharing a link to an anti-Semitic movie as a form of “buck breaking.”

When Greenblatt expressed that he didn’t understand the term, Cannon explained, “The slave masters would bring the buck, the one that gets out of line. So all the other slaves would see lash after lash [which] showed them the power to set an example. ‘This is what you must do to fall in line.'”

“So when we see the six things that Kyrie must do to get his job back, that’s dehumanizing,” he said, before adding, “I can wholeheartedly say I know Kyrie Irving is not antisemitic.”

As previously reported, the Brooklyn Nets had announced, “We have decided that Kyrie will serve a suspension without pay until he satisfies a series of objective remedial measures that address the harmful impact of his conduct and the suspension period served is no less than five games.”

Irving had since issued an apology explaining, “While doing research on YHWH, I posted a Documentary that contained some false anti-Semitic statements, narratives, and language that were untrue and offensive to the Jewish Race/Religion, and I take full accountability and responsibility for my actions. I am grateful to have a big platform to share knowledge and I want to move forward by having an open dialogue to learn more and grow from this.”

“To All Jewish families and Communities that are hurt and affected from my post, I am deeply sorry to have caused you pain, and I apologize,” the Nets player went on, fulfilling the first of the remedial measures that included a half million dollar donation to “causes and organizations that work to eradicate hate and intolerance in communities,” the completion of “sensitivity training” and “anti-Semitic/anti-hate training” and a demonstration of the lessons that he learned to team owner Joe Tsai and franchise officials.

Cannon had similarly faced accusations of antisemitism in 2020 when ViacomCBS ended their partnership with the actor when he referred to black people as the “true Hebrews,” which he later apologized for while also expressing his frustration with the media company for the way they responded to his statement.

“I am deeply saddened in a moment so close to reconciliation that the powers that be, misused an important moment for us to all grow closer together and learn more about one another,” he said at the time. “Instead the moment was stolen and highjacked to make an example of an outspoken black man. I will not be bullied, silenced, or continuously oppressed by any organization, group, or corporation. I am disappointed that Viacom does not understand or respect the power of the black community.”


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