Kyrie Irving Takes The Night Off Against Philly, Says He ‘Didn’t Want To Play’

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Brooklyn Nets’ star Kyrie Irving decided he wasn’t going to play in Thursday’s matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers. Head coach Steve Nash said pre-game he had “no idea” why Irving wouldn’t play, but now he has his answer. According to Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson, Kyrie Irving said:

“I just didn’t want to play.”


For some context, it’s highly likely Kyrie is lashing out about yesterday’s events at the Capitol. Regardless, he should probably give his first-year head coach some heads up as to why he can’t make it to work.

Irving is known for acting impulsively, and he’s shown his inability to mask his emotions. To be clear, there’s nothing wrong with Kyrie, or anyone really, feeling uneasy about yesterday’s events, but he still has a job to do, a job that pays him absurdly well.

Commissioner Adam Silver should fine Irving for sitting during the primetime matchup with the Sixers. There’s a big difference between sitting for health reasons and simply not wanting to play. That’s unacceptable, though at this point, expected from Kyrie Irving. The commissioner has to realize that his players can’t sit out games every time they feel upset. That’s just not how jobs work–for anyone.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

Gary Sheffield Jr is the son of should-be MLB Hall of Famer, Gary Sheffield. He covers basketball and baseball for, chats with the Purple and Gold faithful on LakersNation, and shitposts on Twitter. You can follow him at GarySheffieldJr


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  1. For reference…

    Have any of you told your boss you reasoning for not showing up to your job is…’I just don’t want to work today.’ Did you have a job after doing that?

    I mean Kyrie wasn’t the only one who witnessed what happened at the Capitol yesterday. The guys who keep the lights on and clean up the garbage seem to be ok today because they did their jobs.

  2. Lmao good lord this dude is acting childish. Imagine doing that in any other job. I will say though I enjoyed Uncle Drew especially given the lack of good basketball/sports comedies in recent years. It wasn’t a perfect movie but I appreciated the concept and Kyrie’s acting, while not great, performed surprising well.

    • Also, if black people and all of their wanna be woke white friends want to riot, loot, burn, kill and walk off your jobs(assuming you do have a job), at least do it for a decent human being, not all of these lifelong criminals. Almost every one of these riots, starting with the false narrative of “Hands up, don’t shoot”, are for the bottom feeders of society.

      • Have been ignoring facts in hating police on behalf of the dregs of society. Now they’re even making up outrage, working themselves into a lather over the possibility that protestors of color MIGHT have been confronted differently in DC Wednesday. As if police didn’t repeatedly stand down all summer at BLM riots.

  3. Just what is it that has these NBA players so upset? Do they resent that some white protestors were able to commit some mayhem that black people would not be permitted to commit? What a lofty value to get so bent out of shape.

    Or did they want Capitol police to perpetrate the very sort of brutality they spent the summer demanding must stop? Maybe they weren’t being serious in that bubble protest then.

    Maybe they disagree with the Kenosha DA findings in not charging the officer who shot Jacob Blake. Does this suggest they have investigated the evidence more closely than that official? Can they explain Blake’s refusal to comply, the reasons law enforcement confronted him in the first place, the two Taser hits that didn’t faze him and what he planned to do with that knife? They seem in their anger never to mention any of that.

    Seems like they’re mad because they want to be mad.

  4. Kyrie needed a “safe space”. Decomposing Joe and his sidekick, Harris will put their arms around him and tell hi m that all those nasty white devil racists have no place in their America.

  5. I am confused by the hypothetical stated by many black and woke folks regarding the reaction of capitol police if the people storming the capitol were black. Does that mean the black folks were wishing for more death and destruction? 5 people wasn’t enough? How many BLM/Antifa rioters from the end of May through today were killed by the cops? Why are the race hucksters sad? Not enough crackers get killed? I don’t understand how a hypothetical can create pain in the black community. Please someone explain.

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