It seems more playful than malicious, but a profane Kyrie Irving exchange with a Cavaliers fan that emerged on social media has cost Irving $25,000.
The league on Thursday announced the fine, saying it had been assessed “for directing obscene language towards a fan.”
Here’s the video that a fan took at the 4:19 mark of the second quarter Monday. I went viral and attracting the league’s attention...
“Got y’all a championship and motherf**kers still ungrateful”— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) January 18, 2022
Kyrie to a Cavs fan heckling him.
(via TT/_Willswish) pic.twitter.com/1mYFKA074m
Irving, of course, was a big part of the Cavs’ historic Finals comeback against the 73-9 Warriors back in 2016 and hit what is arguably the most clutch shot in Finals history, the dagger that sealed Cleveland’s first championship in a half century. As more than one pundit has noted, Irving deserved the MVP award as much as LeBron James. Irving averaged 27.1 in the seven games, James 29.7.
His departure, however, was not happy and Cavs fans have been unforgiving.
The NBA gives players a lot of leeway on the court, but obscene exchanges with refs, fans and media often lead to sanctions. Kevin Durant was fined $15,000 last week for a casual profanity in a media availability.
- Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 over incident with fan in Cleveland - Zach Braziller - New York Post
- Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for directing obscene language toward fan - ESPN
- Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for response to heckling Cleveland Cavaliers fan - Ben Axelrod - WKYC
- Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for obscene language directed at Cleveland Cavaliers fan - Chris Feder - Cleveland Plain-Dealer
- Thinking about Kyrie Irving, Darius Garland and the Cavaliers – Terry Pluto’s Scribbles - Terry Pluto - Cleveland Plain-Dealer
- Nets star Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for ‘directing obscene language’ at Cavaliers fans - Ben Rohrbach - Yahoo! Sports
- Kyrie Irving Claps Back at Cavs Heckler: ‘Got Y’all a Championship and Motherf*ckers Still Ungrateful’ - Brad Callas - Complex Sports
- Nets star Kyrie Irving caught with NSFW message to courtside heckler - R.P. Salao - Clutch Points