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After the good news was announced that the NBA would be returning on July 30th, one player, in particular, had major objections to in.
That player? Well, if the title didn’t tell you, it’s Kyrie Irving.
We all know the horrid stories of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor which lead many to question the American system and if it is beneficial to minorities.
Players like LeBron James, Jaylen Brown, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had gone to protests and rallied people to spur social change.
LeBron even took it a step further starting a group to avoid voter suppression cases like the one in Atlanta in his poorly worded description of ‘Protecting Black Voter Rights.’
With dozens of players spending money, protesting, and starting new groups, one player that hadn’t been doing that is Kyrie Irving.
Irving’s words caught a ton of people by surprise because Irving had not spoken out, had not donated, and had not attended any protests that we know of, so it was highly unexpected for him to speak out against the NBA restarting.
Kyrie said the it’s ‘fishy’ that the NBA is starting back up during this, however, what really is ‘fishy’ is that he said this after Kevin Durant announced that he will not be playing in the playoffs.
Kyrie had basically given up on the season after a minor injury before the suspension and when the NBA originally announced its return, he didn’t seem to mind. When the Floyd and Taylor cases originally occurred, he had no problem with the NBA returning.
It was only after Kevin Durant had said he wasn’t playing that Kyrie suddenly was against the NBA’s return. Very similar to when Collin Kaepernick suddenly decided to kneel during the national anthem only after he got benched. The motive may not be as selfless as it may look on the surface.
Recently, reports have also come out that Kyrie Irving wants to start his own league instead of playing for the NBA. He reportedly told the Nets group chat that they should make an alternative to the NBA and that they shouldn’t play for the league that pays them literally millions of dollars, none of which Kyrie has donated to Black Lives Matter.
This obviously is an empty threat because, despite concerns, the majority of players, including LeBron James, want the season to return and, as Patrick Beverley said, ‘if he hooping, we all hooping.’
Whether or not Kyrie Irving plays, the Nets weren’t really championship threats. His presence will in no way change the outcome of the playoffs. The only difference may be that their record improves as it did during his injury.
The NBA will still return as scheduled and Adam Silver has made it clear that the NBA will be a platform for players to fight racial injustice.