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WATCH: Basketball star Kyrie Irving arrives to NBA Finals holding Palestinian keffiyeh

Irving has carried keffiyehs in the past and expressed support for Palestinians amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

Dallas Mavericks guard Kyrie Irving arrived at Game 2 of the NBA Finals on Sunday night holding in his hand a keffiyeh, a traditional headscarf worn by Palestinians that has become known as a symbol of solidarity with the Palestinian cause and opposition to Israel.

The NBA star, 32, was videotaped holding a backpack that had the keffieyh tied to it. The Boston Celtics eventually beat the Dallas Mavericks that night 105-98.

Irving has carried keffiyehs in the past and expressed support for Palestinians amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas war.

In November, the athlete wore a black and white keffiyeh draped on his head during an NBA press conference, and at a recent press conference he sported a necklace in the shape of Israel that was covered by the Palestinian flag.

During an away game in January between the Utah Jazz and the Dallas Mavericks, Irving demanded that security guards remove several signs held by fans in the audience that read “I’m a Jew and I’m proud” and the signs were removed.

A few days after the Oct. 7 Hamas massacre in Israel, Irving posted on X/Twitter a message in support of “oppressed” Palestinians that also accused Israel of committing crimes against humanity.

He wrote: “Where are all you tough talking Media Heads that get on TV and social platforms to condemn people who stand by the oppressed?? Crimes are being committed against humanity and most of you are silent. Cat got your tongue? Or you’re afraid of actually standing for something real.”

When he was playing for the Brooklyn Nets in 2022, Irving was temporarily suspended for promoting on social media an antisemitic film. He posted an apology on social media, which he later deleted.

The Dallas Mavericks team is ironically owned by Israeli billionaire and philanthropist Miriam Adelson, who is the widow of casino magnate Sheldon Adelson.

The couple has donated millions to Israeli and Jewish causes. American billionaire, investor, and “Shark Tank” star Mark Cuban is a minority owner of the Mavericks.

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[Anonymous] 05:53 12.06.2024
If you curse Israel you will be cursed. That is the truth.
Vicky Cohn 15:51 11.06.2024
The new fashion, it's just disgusting, the world is like in the 60ies but on steroids but I find it much much worse than then as now we are on the brink of world war 3!!!!
[Anonymous] 12:35 11.06.2024
Send him to Israel to see what has REALLY happened there. He needs an education in the truth.
[Anonymous] 12:32 11.06.2024
Yeah… where’s your friggin outcry against the daily slaughter of innocent Africans on Nigerian and the congo? People need to delve into FACTS and not liberal media bs.
Beverly Martin 12:29 11.06.2024
He's arrogant he's Muslim what do you expect from this piece of shit
Geula Kan 12:19 11.06.2024
Kyrie ignorant human waste, who stood by the african americans when they were opressed ? The jews. Even today who are slave trafficking with africans in the Sahara? The muslim arabs like the fakestini
Mindy Chotiner 12:18 11.06.2024
He needs to be banned from the sport. His father did a MISERABLE job raising him!!
Christopher Caraggayan 12:04 11.06.2024
Boston Celtics will win the finals because this person is a curse to his team
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