Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving Quietly Boycotted The National Anthem Throughout The NBA Season

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  • Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant both boycotted the national anthem throughout the entire NBA season.
  • New details and video show the two Nets stars not even being on the court during the playing of the national anthem.
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While the discussions about NBA players protesting the national anthem ahead of games haven’t been nearly as loud this season compared to last year inside the bubble, it’s still a talking point that most American sports fans have an opinion on.

The NBA requires players to stand during the playing of the anthem, but that rule has obviously not been enforced for multiple seasons now. Many players and staff members have protested or boycotted the anthem entirely, and that includes Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, who most probably didn’t even realize weren’t taking part in the pre-game ceremony.

Matt Sullivan recently wrote the book ‘Can’t Knock The Hustle’ which focuses on the Nets and the NBA season amid a pandemic and protests, and he is the one that took notice of Durant and Irving boycotting the anthem.

In a new long-form piece for GQ, Sullivan shares details about the two Brooklyn superstars skipping out on the anthem. He explains that Irving would leave pre-game warmups early only to be followed by Durant about a minute later.

“After he returned to the court in January, Kyrie Irving began slipping out of pre-game warmups ten minutes before tipoff, disappearing into the shadowy tunnel of an arena — and skipping the national anthem,” writes Sullivan.

“Kevin Durant would silently follow about a minute after Irving, as the cameras cut to commercial and the lights went down. Their teammate DeAndre Jordan joined, too, before the Brooklyn Nets stars hustled back to the huddle in time for starting lineups.”

Sullivan shared videos of the two leaving warmups early throughout the season:

Sullivan also shared that after one particular game in which Irving wasn’t on the floor for the national anthem, he asked the point guard via direct message that if it had anything to do with “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Irving began typing as Sullivan noticed the ellipses pop up, but ultimately chose not to reply to that question.

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