Words by Shanice Stephanie
On Sunday October 22nd, the NBA league announced that Boston Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving will be fined $25,000 for using “inappropriate language” in response to a fan.
The incident happened on Friday October 20th at the Celtics vs Philadelphia 76ers game, when a fan yelled to Irving “Kyrie, where’s LeBron? “As the players walked towards their locker room, Kyrie then responding in a foul manner. Instead of taking the apology route, Kyrie says he takes full responsibility for his actions. When asked if he regretted making that comment he responded saying “Hell no. Man enough to record, then that’s on him. Irving continued “I’m glad that he got his name out there and then kinda five seconds of fame and it going viral. That’s the social media platform we live on. I take full responsibility for what I said- – and excuse to the kids at home and you move on.”
Later Kyrie Irving added to his statement: “At the end of the day, we’re human. It’s in heat of the moment, and frustrations arises. We were at halftime, we were down by four, in an environment, a season opener in Philly. Being with a young team like we have here and staying composed, handling that before we go in the locker room and addressing what we have to do in the locker room and going out and handling business and getting the W, that’s really the only thing that matters to me. It’s up to the league at this point, but like I said, I’m going to take full responsibility for what I said. I don’t have any regrets of it.”
Seems like the players are not having the disrespect anymore; DeMarcus Cousins received a 25,000 fine as well for using inappropriate language towards a fan at Friday nights game against the warriors.