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Basketball Ireland asks for patience as investigation into O'Byrne comment continues

Basketball Ireland has asked for patience as it conducts an internal investigation into comments by CEO Bernard O'Byrne. 

The Chief Executive issued an apology last night (Thursday) following social media comments last week.

He referred to England footballer Raheem Sterling and the Black Lives Matter Movement on Facebook.

Basketball Ireland met throughout the day on Friday regarding the matter.

This evening, they have issued an update on the situation and say a 'full investigation' will be carried out.

"Basketball Ireland’s Board met today to discuss the recent comments made by its CEO Bernard O’Byrne on social media," the statement reads.

"We are following internal processes and conducting a full investigation.

"Inclusion and diversity is inherent within basketball in Ireland, it is part of the fabric of Basketball Ireland and the Board want to reaffirm its commitment to both.

"Our clubs, players, coaches and volunteers throughout the country work so hard in their communities, embracing all, and this continues to be the case.

Basketball Ireland chairman, Paul McDevitt, said: “The Board of Basketball Ireland held an emergency meeting today. We are fully aware of the gravity of the situation.

"We cannot comment on our ongoing internal investigation and would urge patience while this is completed.”

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