Reporters Rally Against Kyrie Irving on Twitter as He Labels Media as ‘Pawns’

Published 12/11/2020, 2:51 PM EST
DENVER, CO – NOVEMBER 15: Kyrie Irving (11) of the Brooklyn Nets reacts to the game slipping away against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter of Denver’s 101-93 win on Thursday, November 14, 2019. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)


Nearly a week ago, Kyrie Irving had put out a statement about him not interacting with the media. The NBA yesterday fined Kyrie and the Nets $25,000 each for not complying with the league’s media rules.

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Today, Irving reacted to the NBA fining him. Kyrie put up an Instagram story writing “I pray we utilize the ‘fine money’ for the marginalized communities in need, especially seeing where our world is presently,”

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“[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. My attention is worth more.”

Kyrie Irving has had a dodgy past with the media. He has been pretty vocal about his discontentment with the media. This post only adds more fuel to the fire.

Twitter reacts to Irving’s IG Story

This statement has been the subject of excessive scrutiny in the NBA community. Many reporters and NBA insiders have had some powerful reactions to the same.

Can Kyrie Irving silence his doubters?

Kyrie, over the years, has developed a reputation for being a disruptor in a team. First, he left a championship team in the Cavaliers, and then he left the Boston Celtics after just 1 season.

Now he joins a Nets team that is stacked. Given his recent antics against the media, he will certainly be under heavy scrutiny by multiple members of the media.

The Nets will hope that he can prove to be an asset on the court. They have a decent core of younger players like Caris LeVert, Spencer Dinwiddie, and Jarrett Allen.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 18: Kyrie Irving, Russell Westbrook, and Kevin Durant warm up at the 67th NBA All-Star Game: Team LeBron Vs. Team Stephen at Staples Center on February 18, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

He will now share the spotlight with Kevin Durant. He has had a problem in sharing the spotlight before. But if he wants to win a championship, this might be a splendid chance.

Kevin Durant, meanwhile, has already shown that he can easily operate in a system where he is not the primary ball-handler. So the fit between him and Irving is out of the question.

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The Brooklyn Nets look like an intriguing specimen and with two superstars like Durant and Irving; they are the team to beat. If one of their younger players can step up, and the superstars perform to their best, the Nets can surely win the championship.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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