After the NBA inflicted a hefty $25,000 fine on Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets for flouting the league’s media rules, the 28-year-old retaliated with a scathing post on social media.
Irving posted a story on Instagram where he shared his thoughts on the league’s decision to fine the franchise. The post opened with a quote from Malcolm X following which he claimed that he wishes the “fine money” taken from them goes to people in need. To conclude, the branded the media personnel as pawns and asked them to leave him and the franchise alone ahead of the season start.
“I pray we utilize the ‘fine money’ for the marginalized communities in need, especially seeing where our world is presently,”
“(I am) I am here for Peace, Love, and Greatness. So stop distracting me and my team, and appreciate the Art. We move different over here.
“I do not talk to Pawns,” Irving added. “My attention is worth more.”
Irving plans to avoid the media for the entire season
Irving had initially hinted that he aims to steer clear of the media for the entirety of the season to focus on his game.
“I am committed to show up to work everyday, ready to have fun, compete, perform, and win championships alongside my teammates and colleagues in the Nets organization. My goal this season is to let my work on and off the court speak for itself.
Irving’s ‘media blackout’ has brought out several reactions from near and far about. Kevin Love claimed that he found his former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate’s stance as disrespectful.
“I think that calling anybody a pawn is a sure sign of disrespect,” Love said. “I understand where Kyrie is coming from in trying to better a number of people’s lives, but I’m just not a divisive person.
That’s where I stand on that. I love Kyrie. I know he’s changed and I don’t know what’s going on but, again, I’m not a divisive person and I believe everybody has a part to play so long as the intent’s there and it comes from a good place.”
Chess grand-master Garry Kasparov chimed in with a cheeky comment on Kyrie Irving’s mention of media personnel as ‘pawns’.
Brooklyn Nets will have to cope with two striking personalities in the form of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant in their camp. The team coached by the newly appointed Steve Nash will open their season against Washington Wizards and Boston Celtics in the pre-season and have the Golden State Warriors as their first opponent on December 22.