Earlier this season Kyrie Irving was involved in a controversy after posting a link to a supposedly antisemitic movie.
In the wake of this, the Nets suspended the superstar and made a to-do list that he had to complete before being allowed to rejoin the team.
Jaylen Brown, who serves as vice president of the National Basketball Players Association, thought that the way that Brooklyn treated Irving violated the Collective Bargaining Agreement.
Via Logan Murdock of The Ringer:
“That’s my job as vice president of the union,” Brown says. “The union is supposed to be an entity to protect the players, especially their rights and their freedom of speech. I feel like what the Brooklyn Nets did—I still feel the same way—it was inappropriate. I think it was like a public ransom note almost, in a sense, where he had a list of demands he had to do to return to the game. It was a violation of our CBA. It’s a violation of our agreement and kind of got looked over like it was nothing.”