Kyrie Irving still doesn’t get it
Kyrie Irving fined $25K for not speaking to reporters
The loud Nets voice becoming team’s ‘glue’
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Kyrie Irving doubled down Friday on his media blackout — and even pushed back against his fine for it.
A week after Irving refused to fulfill his media requirements — and a day after the NBA had fined both Irving and the Nets $25,000 for violating league media access rules “on several occasions” — Irving fired back on Instagram.
“I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda,” Irving wrote in an Instagram Story, quoting Malcolm X.
He dismissively referred to the fines with air quotes, and suggested the money be used to help marginalized communities in need.
He ended the IG Story by saying, “I do not talk to Pawns. My attention is worth more.”
After refusing repeated interview requests by The Post and other outlets since training camp began, Irving released a lone statement through a publicist last Friday.
“Instead of speaking to the media today, I am issuing this statement to ensure that my message is properly conveyed,” the statement read in part. “I am committed to show up to work every day, ready to have fun, compete, perform, and win championships alongside my teammates and colleagues in the Nets organization.
“My goal this season is to let my work on and off the court speak for itself. Life hit differently this year and it requires us, it requires me, to move differently. So, this is the beginning of that change.”
It’s unclear exactly when (or if) Irving will resume fulfilling his stipulated media obligations.
“He’s not opting out of traditional media. He’ll continue to work with … the Nets PR team to schedule those opportunities,” his publicist told The Post, offering no timeline as to when Irving would resume his media responsibilities. “However, he will use this type of correspondence as a way to effectively and efficiently share his thoughts directly to you and the media that covers him on a regular basis.”
The NBA took action and fined both he and the Nets organization.
“The fines result from Irving’s refusal on several occasions this week to participate in the team media availability,” the NBA said in a statement.
Irving’s contentious relationship with the press in Boston during his Celtics days was well-documented. The guard has had multiple long media blackouts since arriving in Brooklyn, and appears intent on staging another.
Irving spoke with the media on Nov. 14, 2019, when he was playing through a shoulder injury. But upon being shelved with that injury, he didn’t talk to the press again until Jan. 4, a clear violation of NBA media protocols. Irving returned to the Nets lineup from Jan. 12 through Feb. 1 before undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery, and he hasn’t spoken to Nets media since.
He appeared on Kevin Durant’s “The ETCs” podcast, during which he praised the Nets star as the first teammate he’s ever had that he felt confident in as the best option to take a last-second shot.
When many viewed that as a sligh to LeBron James, Irving took to Instagram and called that a “false narrative” conjured up for a “clickbait society.” The last time he tweeted on Oct. 1, he ripped the media and added he wouldn’t “let it put me against anyone anymore at any point.” James admitted the comments “hurt” on a recent podcast with Richard Jefferson.
Irving also created a stir on Durant’s podcast when talking about collaborating with new Nets coach Steve Nash.
“I think it’s also going to change the way we see coaches. I don’t really see us having a head coach, you know what I mean?” Irving said. “KD could be a head coach. I could be a head coach.”
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