Brooklyn’s Kyrie Irving reacts to a third quarter game against the Los Angeles Lakers at the Staples Center on February 18, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
The first turmoil of the Brooklyn Nets season started with Kyrie Irving’s decision not to speak to the media at the start of training camp, and now he’s decided to get back to his old habits.
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According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, Irving has decided not to participate in a scheduled Zoom call with reporters before Sunday’s All-Star game. Irving has decided not to speak to the media until after the game. Earlier this season, both Irving and the Brooklyn Nets were fined $ 25,000 each for deciding not to speak to reporters during NBA Media Day.
Irving was targeted after he appeared to have fired a shot at the NBA and their media colleagues, calling them « farmers » after being briefed on the sanctions against him.
« I pray we use the » fine money « for the marginalized communities in need, especially when we see where our world is now. I’m here for peace, love and greatness, « said Irving on his Instagram account via USA Today.
» So stop distracting me and my team and appreciate the art. We move differently here. I don’t talk to farmers. My attention is worth more. “
Kyrie’s use of the word » farmer « in his statement resulted in backlash from many members of the NBA community, which led him to further refine his statement.
» The focus is on on what’s going on here, my job, « Irving said of the New York Post.
» I wanted to make sure that was clear: no distractions, nothing about anything to disperse, nothing about it, back and forth to go or to call one or the other person, not even to call yourself farmers or media. «
According to Berman, all players participating in Sunday’s All-Star Game had to speak to the media before and after the game because they were allowed to come to Atlanta on Saturday night instead of Friday.
One thing One thing that may have contributed to Irving skipping his media availability is the contract pursuit of the Philadelphia 76ers stars, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, senior writer at ESPN, both 76ers became all-stars of the competition ruled out on Sunday after discovering her hairdresser’s contact tracing.
Kyrie will play in his seventh NBA All-Star game on Sunday. He and the candidate for Most Valuable Player, James Harden, will represent Team Durant.
Given the circumstances of Sunday’s All-Star game, it will be interesting to see if the Nets star will support his decision Skipping availability of his all-star game in the morning will be fined. However, due to Irving’s relationship with the media this season, the chances of the NBA Front Office giving him a pass are very slim.
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