After Kyrie Irving refused to talk to any media during pre-nba sessions over the past week or so during the start of training camp, as NBA decided to fine both Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets $25,000.
In response to Kyrie Irving’s “media boycott,” the NBA issued a $25,000 fine for failure to comply with the league’s media requirements.
Irving and the Brooklyn Nets were fined $25,000 each for violating the NBA’s media access rules, the league announced Thursday.
“The fines result from Irving’s refusal on several occasions this week to participate in team media availability,” the NBA said in a release.
As per NBA, It was a clear disobeying of the rules by Irving, but Kyrie took this matter to fans and let them know by his IG where he posted, in which he quoted Malcolm X and called the media “pawns.”
"I do not talk to Pawns."
Kyrie Irving responds following being fined by the NBA for failure to comply with the league's media requirements. pic.twitter.com/WPgj3MPZXH
— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 11, 2020
’I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda,” Irving wrote in an Instagram Story.
“I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I;m for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.’
I pray that 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 differently over here. I do not talk to pawns, my attention is worth more”
This type attitude becomes normal for Kyrie when he criticized media for instigating fights between players for no reason, To call them “pawns,” though, does seem a little over the top and very disrespectful.
Kyrie Irving joined Brooklyn Nets last year when he signed a four-year, $141 million deal along with Kevin Durant. But he missed most of the games due to shoulder injury.
On Sunday, Nets will face Wizards in pre-NBA season and it’s still not clear why Irving is refusing to speak to the media and will see if he does when NBA returns.