Five days after Kyrie Irving first decided against playing, Sean Marks issued a statement Tuesday, but the statement offered no date for Irving’s return, saying only “a date for his return has yet to be finalized.”
The statement appeared to have been triggered by a video showing Irving celebrating his father and sister’s birthdays this weekend. None of those in the video appear to be wearing a mask. The party MAY fit within the NBA’s health and safety protocols which permit “social gathering” with fewer than 15 people, but the optics of Irving smiling, laughing and dancing has enraged fans and pundits, particularly . And so, Marks said there will be a review of the video by both the team and the NBA...
Prior to the release of the statement, the only comment from the organization was delivered by Steve Nash in pre-and post-game media availabilities.
Nash, prior to Tuesday’s game against Denver, said he did not see the Irving video and stood by Marks’ statement on the issue.
“I didn’t see it but I think Sean made a statement and for my position, I am going to leave it at that,” Nash said. “Sean already made an organization statement and I want to focus on the game tonight.”
When it comes to communication between the Nets point guard and the organization, Nash noted there has been communication but wants to keep the details of the communication private and in-house.
“There has been communication but that is all in-house,” Nash said . “We keep that to ourselves and we try to figure out our home front privately.”
When Nash was asked if he confidently thinks Irving will return this season - “Sure,”
Marks’ statement actually provided little new information. The statement did not address whether the Nets and Irving are in contact (and at what level) or whether he has been provided any ultimatum by the organization. Anthony Puccio of “The Association” reports Tuesday...
The Nets have a losing record and Kyrie Irving is out dancing in the club, set to be sit out for a 4th straight game tonight.— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) January 12, 2021
The team's patience with the star point guard is growing thin and they have made that clear with him.https://t.co/vjdHj9Hhdt
Interestingly, the statement did not use “personal leave” in describing why he has missed game. Should the league or team determine Irving violated the protocols, he could face a big financial hit.
The NBA has formally opened a review of videos that appear to show the Nets' Kyrie Irving at a recent party without a mask— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 12, 2021
If Irving misses any games due to what is ruled a protocols violation, he would be subject to a fine of more than $460,000 per game ... 1/72 of his salary
Irving will miss his fourth game tonight vs. the Nuggets. He has not spoken or issued a statement detailing the rationale for his absence although there have been reports that he has been upset by the assault on the U.S. Capitol and the manner in which the mostly white rioters were treated by police compared to how unarmed blacks have been treated, that is, killed.
Later Tuesday night with the Nets-Nuggets game underway, Irving was spotted on a Zoom call inaugurating the Manhattan attorney general campaign for Tahanie Aboushi.
Woah! Amazing turnout tonight at our organizing program launch!— Tahanie Aboushi (@TahanieNYC) January 13, 2021
Thanks to the over 150 volunteers & supporters that joined us & special thanks to @CynthiaNixon & @lsarsour for speaking. Now, let's go turn this system upside down!
Want to join? Click ⬇️ https://t.co/g5w9sdS4iX pic.twitter.com/AtwOcTJaWh
- Kyrie Irving purported partying video emerges as Nets absence grows - Brian Lewis - New York Post
- Kyrie Irving to miss fourth Nets game as video of him maskless at a family party surfaces - Greg Logan - Newsday
- NBA to investigate video that appears to show Nets star Kyrie Irving attending birthday bash: report - Kristian Winfield - New York Daily News
- Nets, NBA reviewing Irving’s actions after video of party - Brian Mahoney - AP
- Concern Kyrie Irving ‘won’t be back anytime soon’ as NBA to investigate party video - Ian Begley - SNY
- Sources: Kyrie Irving not expected to rejoin Brooklyn Nets this week; NBA reviewing maskless videos - Malika Andrews - ESPN
- Kyrie Irving Absence to Continue As NBA Investigates Maskless Event - Michael Shapiro - Sports Illustrated