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A Complete Guide to the Controversies Surrounding NBA Star Kyrie Irving

Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving has used a late career renaissance to propel his team to the NBA Finals, but his critics are quick to make sure he doesn’t totally outrun his controversial past.  Irving, 32, and the Mavericks open the Finals against the Boston Celtics — his former team — on Thursday, June 6,…

According to a 2017 story in the TheBoston Globe, Irving insinuated the November 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy was because he “sought to end the bank cartel in the world” and suggested the Federal Reserve had a hand in the plot. That same month, a report in Rolling Stone said Irving had begun “following and ‘liking’ Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that ‘secret societies’ are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for ‘a plan of Satan.’” Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for MTVThat night, the Nets announced they had suspended Irving for five games due to his “failure to disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity to do so” and “conduct detrimental to the team”.

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