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Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 for ‘obscene’ exchange with Cavs fan

Brooklyn Nets v Cleveland Cavaliers Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images

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...

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.