Kyrie Irving Responds to $25K Fine for Media Boycott

On Thursday, Kyrie Irving and the Nets were each fined $25,000 after Irving elected to communicate with the media through a written statement as opposed to appearing on a Zoom call with reporters. If you thought that Irving would respond to the fine by quoting Malcolm X and claiming that his attention is worth more than the time it takes to talk to pawns, you may go and collect your prize:

This season, Irving will have his greatest share of the spotlight since at least his days with LeBron James in Cleveland. Irving played in the New York media market last season, but the Nets may be a legitimate championship contender this year, especially with the return of Kevin Durant.

It will be interesting to see how long Irving carries on this charade — at some point the fines are going to pile up, and he’s going to have a difficult decision to make.

Written by Ryan Glasspiegel

Ryan Glasspiegel grew up in Connecticut, graduated from University of Wisconsin-Madison, and lives in Chicago. Before OutKick, he wrote for Sports Illustrated and The Big Lead. He enjoys expensive bourbon and cheap beer.

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  1. The Nets once had a guy, Derrick Coleman, who didn’t like the dress code, found out the fine amount for violations and offered to cut a check and buy his way out of it for the whole season.
    Maybe Irving could do that, though the NBA doubling, tripling and quadrupling the fines would eat up an awfully big chunk of his salary over 72 games. What a child.

  2. I don’t know why anyone would criticize Kyrie for quoting Malcolm X. I mean Kyrie is a civil rights leader just like Malcom X if Malcolm were a selfish, arrogant, egomaniac ball hog who forced himself off a couple of teams and voluntarily signed a contract for tens of millions of dollars a year that specifically states he must make himself available for press conferences. I mean, aside from Kylie being alive and Malcolm being dead, their is basically no daylight between them.

  3. Kyrie has done this for awhile now. Remember when he went off on booing fans on that Instagram post in ’19? Ironically, Kevin Durant has the same issue issue when he created burner accounts to respond to social media trolls. Both guys are sensitive to criticism. Kyrie especially is a case study for negativity bias.

    Kyrie is a good player but he doesn’t take this as life and death as some fans do. That’s what I’ve gotten from reading his messages.

    Just got to learn to handle / ignore it. You can ignore social media trolls / comments. The media? Just give brief answers. Not saying he has to Marshawn Lynch it. Just don’t feed the media members who are trying to create a sensationalist story. Like Bill Belichick.

    Athletes of all levels need an education on how to handle the media (traditional & social) and unruly fans. Fining him is like eggin’ him on. It’ll just make things worse.

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