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Nets, Kyrie Irving slapped each with a $35,000 fine following refusal to speak with reporters

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Kyrie Irving’s issues with media have been a widely covered aspect and the saga seems to never end with the player and franchise both being fined once again. The NBA imposed a fine of $35,000 after Irving was found to be “violating league rules governing media interview access.”

Nets, Kyrie Irving slapped each with a $35,000 fine following refusal to speak with reporters

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NBA players are required to be available to the media to answer their questions after the end of the game, something which the player has refused to do multiple times.

“The fines result from Irving’s repeated refusal to participate in postgame media availability,” the league said in a statement.

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Irving reportedly denied requests from media outlets to speak following their second defeat in a row to Milwaukee Bucks.

At the start of the season, the former Cavaliers player had planned to avoid the media altogether to focus on his efforts on the court.

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As a result of his actions, the league fined him $25,000 before the player ultimately issued a statement where he branded the reporters as mere “pawns”

The focus is on what’s going on in here,” Irving said, via ESPN. “And I wanted to make sure that was clear, no distractions, nothing about dispelling anything, nothing about going back and forth.”

Kyrie Irving currently earns around $33 million with his current deal with the Nets. He is averaging 27 points, 4.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists so far this season.

Irving and Nets slipping as playoffs loom

After momentarily holding the top seed in the Eastern Conference, the Nets have slipped into a three-game losing streak with two of them coming off Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks, with a four-game winning streak, are closing in on the Nets as well.

On the other hand, the Philadelphia 76ers have now stitched together a six-game winning run to extend their lead at the top.

Kevin Durant and coach Steve Nash had both lamented over the lack of continuity following their recent defeat against Giannis and co.

“That is a huge factor. Continuity is a big thing in this league,” said Durant after the game.

“We’ve got a gap to make up here. We understand that’s a team that’s been running the same offense, been playing together, same schemes on defense for years now. Gone deep into the playoffs, and that’s something we don’t have, so how can we make up that gap?” said Nash. 

The Nets will hope to snap their losing run with their next fixture being against Dallas Mavericks.

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