When Jaylen Brown tweeted his approval of a video of Kyrie Irving supporters, many people were quick to point out that the group was spreading harmful propaganda. That led to an explanation as Brown later tweeted Sunday night that he had mistaken the group for a fraternity.
Brown expanded on his tweet and support during the Celtics shooting Monday when he spoke to reporters. C takes on the Bulls at 8 p.m. Monday in Chicago. Brown began by saying he did not know the specific group in the video. Brown also said that he comes from a community that has been “torn apart by representations of the system and images of violence”, which is why he reacted so strongly to the video.
“When I saw that video, it struck a chord for various reasons,” Brown said, via CLNS Media. “I’ve seen a large group of people from our community show support for (Irving) and his comeback. I’m proud of that support, and being proud of our community for doing so doesn’t mean I endorse or celebrate some of the things that have been done or said in my community.”
Nets point guard Irving played his first game on Sunday, returning from an eight-game suspension. Irving was originally banned from at least five matches because he shared an anti-Semitic film on social media and did not explicitly apologize in the aftermath.
This led to the epic of Irving in Brooklyn. Brown was vocal in supporting Irving saying the suspension was “uncharted territory,” noting that the league, the NBPA, and the Nets were part of the conversation. Irving’s return with the group led to this “Energy,” Brown tweeted. When he saw a video of Irving supporters at the Barclays Center.
However, some members of the group reportedly surrendered Leaflets with radical Hebrew Israeli propaganda. Radical Israeli Hebrew is classified as a hate group, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. That’s when Brown heard from critics that he shouldn’t be using his platform to raise a hate group.
“My instincts when I saw it was not to notice which group it was,” Brown said. “I just noticed the support, and that’s what I commented on and reaffirmed. I don’t think everything that is said or done is something that I endorse or represent.”
Brown did not delete his original “Power” tweet, which was posted at 5:33 p.m His explanatory tweet sent next came at 9:15 p.mBrown said he had no intention of deleting his first tweet.
“Removing the tweet will remove my support for him and his comeback,” Brown said. “That’s what his agenda was when I tweeted it. I think anyone trying to displease or misunderstand what my support was had a separate agenda at hand. That’s absolutely what I was trying to do now.”