Dallas Mavericks player Kyrie Irving ignited conversation on social media Saturday by attending the team’s postgame media event in a keffiyeh.
Irving spoke with journalists for four minutes following the team's 132-125 defeat to the Milwaukee Bucks. During the match, he scored 39 points, grabbed four rebounds, and provided six assists.
No questions were raised about his headwear during the event. The keffiyeh, a black and white checkered scarf, is recognized as a symbol of Palestinian solidarity, as reported by The Associated Press. Irving also shared a photo of himself donning the scarf while visiting the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C.
Both the NBA and the Mavericks had not responded to a request for comment from Fox News Digital at the time of reporting.
Kyrie Irving highlighted some defensive breakdowns by the Dallas Mavericks, resulting in open 3s for timely makes by the Milwaukee Bucks:
"We did a good job coming out of halftime with that energy and verve we normally have. We were playing good defensive principals, and they… pic.twitter.com/lDVrPTOu02
— Grant Afseth (@GrantAfseth) November 19, 2023
Irving's decision to wear the scarf led to a spirited debate on social media. Some commended him for his courage in choosing to wear it, while others criticized him, labeling his action as antisemitic.
In the U.S., protesters supporting Palestine have donned keffiyehs during their rallies, with several advocating for the cessation of Israel's military actions in Gaza in response to the devastating terror attacks of Oct. 7.
The NBA issued a statement regarding the terror attacks on Oct. 8.
"The NBA and NBPA mourn the horrific loss of life in Israel and condemn these acts of terrorism. We stand with the people of Israel and pray for peace for the entire region," the league said.
On Oct. 11, in a post on X, Irving seemed to comment on the conflict between Israel and Hamas.
"Where are all you tough talking Media Heads that get on TV and social platforms to condemn people who stand by the oppressed??" Irving wrote.
"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."
Last October, Irving faced controversy after tweeting a link to an Amazon movie accused of promoting antisemitic disinformation. Subsequently, the Brooklyn Nets suspended him for five games due to his failure to apologize for sharing the movie and not explicitly "disavow antisemitism when given a clear opportunity to do so."