Kyrie Irving’s stunning response via Instagram on Friday after NBA League fined both Kyrie and Brooklyn with $25.000. In the heat of the moment after Kyrie received his fine, Kyrie posted on Instagram “I do not talk to Pawns” in his stand on NBA action.
Why Was Kyrie Irving and Brookly Nets Fined For $25,000?
On Thursday, December 10, 2020, NBA announced $25,000 each for Kyrie and Brooklyn Nets. The reason for the fine from the NBA was due to Kyrie’s refusal to participate in media availability.
“The fines result from Irving’s refusal on several occasions this week to participate in the team media availability,” the NBA released a statement on Thursday.
NBA League demands each healthy players to make time available to speak with reporters before or after games and practices.
This has been the tradition for NBA players, general manager, and coach to speak with reporters at the beginning of training camp.
But this year, the interview run slightly differently due to coronavirus protocols. A limited number of players, coaches, and general managers is allowed in the facility at all times.
So each meeting with the reporters is scheduled at a specific time to make sure the reports can meet with each player on the roster.
Kyrie’s refusal to meet with the media has greatly affected media since a handful of players are scheduled each day.
Kyrie’s Response on Instagram “I Don’t talk to pawns”
“I don’t talk to pawns” is not the whole story of his response. I think the media criticizing Kyrie’s response without telling the whole message. If you look at his message on Friday, you might have a different opinion of him.
Kyrie starts off his message quoting “I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda. I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for Justice, no matter who it’s for or against. quote from Malcolm X, “I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole”
In his message that he quoted Malcolm already gives us a clear statement on his action toward the reporters. He truly speaks for the truth of his belief. But I guess the league thinks differently.
“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.” Irving wrote.
He finished off his message with “I do not talk to Pawns. My attention is worth more.”
He further shows his disappointment with how the league handles the situation and demonstrates his determination for the coming NBA season.
Kyrie averaged 22.4 ppg, Six times NBA All-Star, and 2006 NBA Champion. His arrival in NYC has brought a lot of expectations when he decided to play for Brookly Nets in 2019. Along with shoulder and knee injuries, Irving only played only 20 games in the 2019-20 season. He was averaging 27.4 ppg in the 20 games he played.
With the great recovery of his injuries and the return of Kevin Durant, Irving is even more focused on the 2020-21 season. He thinks intervening with reporters will cause an unnecessary distraction to him and his teammates.
Unfortunately, this is a losing battle Irving brought upon himself. He is going against the entire league where he is practically the employee of the NBA. But as a New Yorker, I respect Irving’s decision to stand up for himself, and he is not afraid to voice out his opinion. He is a true New Yorker.
Did Irving Make the Right Decision?
I guess he really didn’t mean to disrespect the reporters. He just wants the media to leave him alone for the 2020-21 season. I don’t think he is being realistic because the NBA’s involvement with media is huge. He is fighting this losing battle in the first place.
Even Kevin Love, his former voiced out his disappointment on his comment “I don’t talk to pawn”, “Calling anyone a pawn is a sure sign of disrespect, I understand where Kyrie is coming from in trying to better a number of people’s lives, but I’m not a divisive person.” Love said.
Do you think Kyrie Irving made the correct choice?