EDIT: And I want to make something clear, I don’t think Jaylen OR Kyrie are truly anti-Semitic.
I think Kyrie is an extreme narcissist and a doofus and posted something he had no idea about and chose to dig in instead of admitting that he actually didn’t watch the movie and look dumb.
Jaylen I think truly wanted to show support for the community.
but honestly that doesnt matter. The bottom line is that they did amplify the thoughts and views of what is essentially a hate group. The only appropriate response, with their platform, is apologizing and denouncing hate. It’s not twisting yourself into a pretzel talking about communities coming together or whatever bullshit
Disagree with the bolded. Of course it matters whether Jaylen thinks Kyrie is being anti-semitic. JB has said that he doesn't think Kyrie is anti-semitic. So has Adam Silver. And I'm sure that drives his message.
As LTP says below, JB is laser-focused on helping his community. And his community is not a monolith and certainly it can't be argued that some members have anti-semitic beliefs. But at the end of the day, I think it's clear that JB - who knows Kyrie pretty well these days - doesn't think that Kyrie is one of them.
And for people who want JB to clearly condemn anti-semiticism, I'll just note that he made a pretty definitive statement about that when he withdrew from Donda. He said:
I have always, and will always, continue to stand strongly against any antisemitism, hate speech, misrepresentation, and any oppressive rhetoric of any kind. In light of that, after sharing conversations, I now recognize that there are times when my voice and my position can’t coexist in spaces that don’t correspond with my stance or my values. And for that reason, I am terminating my association with Donda Sports.
I believe it's a matter of him being so laser focused on issues regarding the black community that he has a big fat blind spot when it comes to other groups. I just hope he educates himself or someone educates him and he makes smarter choices on who and/or what he supports in the future.
To your last point, I think JB will continue to educate him. I also think that JB will do wonderful things for his community. But at the end of the day, I think JB will be a product of him community, and like all community, the Black communities have problematic (at least to people like us) beliefs and stances.
I think the one thing we should also take into consideration is that JB is forging a path that not that many people have done before him and he's far from a finished product. That means JB could go any number of ways (I mean look at Ali), but when it is all said and done, my hope is that JB leaves a legacy that people will admire, not one that people will scorn.
And I think he can do it but I am realistic enough to know that it could break any number of different ways (fingers crossed).