Who is Kyrie Irving married to? Kyrie Irving has more time to spend with his family amid NBA suspension.
In case you’ve been living under a rock, Brooklyn Nets superstar Kyrie Irving has found himself in hot water after promoting an antisemitic film on social media. The 30-year-old athlete initially remained unapologetic and refused to confirm he held no antisemitic beliefs, which forced the NBA team to take action and suspend Kyrie for at least five games.
As the point guard endures yet another challenging basketball season, many NBA fans are curious to know more about his personal life — is it as controversial as his life on the court? You’ll have to keep reading to find out! Plus, stick around as we investigate his suspension from the Brooklyn Nets.
So, is Kyrie Irving married?
Although the seven-time NBA All-Star prefers to keep certain personal matters out of the public eye, many fans know Kyrie is in a relationship with Marlene Golden Wilkerson. The two met in December 2018 and became engaged the following year. It’s unclear if the couple ever tied the knot; however, they welcomed their first child together, a son, in 2021.
According to Clutch Points, Marlene is a 29-year-old Instagram model and YouTuber. As of writing, she has 420,000 followers on Instagram and a total of 782,000 subscribers on YouTube. She is best known for making beauty, fashion, and lifestyle content.
Why did Kyrie Irving get suspended?
Kyrie Irving deliberately promoted an antisemitic film in a since-deleted tweet. According to Rolling Stone, the movie draws from the 2015 book Hebrews to Negroes, which pushes countless antisemitic tropes.
The film incorrectly argues that Jewish people control the media and banking, that they are responsible for slavery and anti-Black racism, and so on, drawing on fabricated quotes that have been a staple of antisemitic writings for decades.
On Oct. 28, the Brooklyn Nets and team owner Joe Tsai issued statements condemning Kyrie’s actions.
“I’m disappointed that Kyrie appears to support a film based on a book full of anti-Semitic disinformation,” Joe stated on Twitter. “I want to sit down and make sure he understands this is hurtful to all of us, and as a man of faith, it is wrong to promote hate based on race, ethnicity or religion.”
As for the Nets, the organization stated they “strongly condemn and have no tolerance for the promotion of any form of hate speech.” The team added, “We believe that in these situations, our first action must be open, honest dialogue. We thank those, including the ADL (Anti-Defamation League), who have been supportive during this time.”
Kyrie Irving will miss the first of several Brooklyn Nets games Friday after he was suspended for comments regarding his tweet linking to an antisemitic documentary. The Nets suspended Irving Thursday after he initially doubled down on his decision to share the content on his Twitter account.
Nike suspends its relationship with Kyrie Irving over an antisemitic post. The company parted ways with Kyrie Irving a day after the Nets suspended Irving without pay for at least five games for “publicizing the film containing deeply disturbing antisemitic hate.”
The shoe giant announced Friday night that it will halt its relationship with the Brooklyn guard, who has been suspended by the Nets for what the team called a repeated failure to “unequivocally say he has no antisemitic beliefs.”
Kyrie Irving finally issued an apology to Jewish families and communities.
Just hours after being suspended, Kyrie Irving issued an apology on his Instagram.
“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 responsibly for my actions,” Kyrie wrote. “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. … I had no intentions to disrespect any Jewish cultural history regarding the Holocaust or perpetuate any hate,” Kyrie continued. “I am learning from this unfortunate event and hope we can find understanding between us all.”
Kyrie’s apology has been considered a step in the right direction.