‘Stop distracting me’ – Nets guard Irving on fine

NEW YORK (AFP) – Kyrie Irving (pic below, AFP) appeared unrepentant in an Instagram post on Friday, a day after he and the Brooklyn Nets were fined USD25,000 apiece by the NBA for his violation of league media access rules.

“I pray we utilise the ‘fine money’ for the marginalised communities in need, especially seeing where our world is presently,” the six-time All-Star point guard wrote in an Instagram post that he had opened with a quote from Malcolm X.

“(I am) I am here for Peace, Love, and Greatness. So stop distracting me and my team, and appreciate the Art. We move different over here.

“I do not talk to Pawns,” Irving added. “My attention is worth more.”

The NBA fined Irving and his team on Thursday.

“The fines result from Irving’s refusal on several occasions this week to participate in media availability,” the league said in a statement.

Irving hasn’t spoken with reporters in the buildup to the NBA pre-season, which tipped off on Friday.

Irving instead issued a statement to reporters last week to “ensure that my message is conveyed properly”.

“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 organisation,” he said in the statement.