Kyrie Irving was not welcomed warmly at the NBA All Star Game. The Mavericks guard was introduced to a loud array of boos from fans in attendance.
Irving didn’t seem too peeved by the boo birds, but they had many online talking.
Kyrie is never one to be out of controversy. He’s made headlines over the last few seasons with his stance on COVID, antisemitic rhetoric, and his rocky relationship with the Brooklyn Nets.
Last season, he was unable to play in home games due to his vaccination status.
Earlier this year, he was suspended for his refusal to apologize for sharing an antisemitic movie on social media. That suspension cost him over $2 million in salary.
And throughout the last few months, his relationship with the Nets’ front office deteriorated. He tested the market this offseason, but eventually signed his player option with Brooklyn.
It didn’t take long for him to demand a trade, and he recently got his wish. The Nets dealt Kyrie to the Mavericks in early February.
Now, he’s doing his best to lead Dallas to a championship. In his four starts, he’s averaging 28.3 points a night while dishing out seven assists.
That performance, along with his stint with Brooklyn, landed him an All Star invite. But upon being announced to the crowd in Utah, loud boos overshadowed his introduction.
Kyrie Irving was boo’d loudly during All-Star introductions 😳
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— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) February 20, 2023
Fans and media were quick to react, posting their responses online.
Kyrie was the only player to receive boos when introduced as an All-Star
— Clemente Almanza (@CAlmanza1007) February 20, 2023
The large amount of boos for Kyrie at a neutral site is so funny
— Collin Schroeder (@cschredder) February 20, 2023
Many found it ironic that those same Utah fans celebrated Karl Malone over the All Star break but felt the need to boo Kyrie. Malone’s past is checkered, at best.
Utah been embracing Karl Malone all weekend but got the audacity to boo Kyrie lol
— Brandan 🏁👨🏾💻 🎹 🏁 (@Curleone_) February 20, 2023
Kyrie Irving continues to play the role of NBA villian.