Kyrie Irving has gone AWOL from the Brooklyn Nets and it’s because he’s apparently upset with things that are happening in the country.
Irving was not with the team for Friday’s 115-110 loss to the Grizzlies in Memphis, and his status is unclear for Sunday’s home game against the Thunder.
According to Nets beat writer Anthony Puccio, Kyrie is sitting out because he’s protesting the US Capitol riot and the Breonna Taylor verdict.
“Kyrie is very upset about everything that is going on in this country.”
A source close to Kyrie Irving’s camp told The Association that Irving did not play because he is protesting against the riots at the U.S. Capitol, and the Breonna Taylor verdict.https://t.co/BucA3kP8BD
— Anthony Puccio (@APOOCH) January 8, 2021
via The Association
One source close to Irving’s camp told The Association that Irving did not play because he is protesting against the riots at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, and the lack of repercussions for the police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor.
“Kyrie is very upset about everything that is going on in this country,” the source added.
Nets head coach Steve Nash messaged with Irving but isn’t sure when his star guard will return to the lineup.
Steve Nash on Kyrie Irving: “I messaged with Ky, but I want to keep all that stuff private. We don’t have any decision on Sunday yet.”
Nash said he messaged with Irving Thursday.
Kevin Durant is “on track” to play Sunday.
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) January 8, 2021
Update: Kyrie is set to miss his third straight game on Sunday.
The Nets say Kevin Durant will play tonight against the Thunder, and that Kyrie Irving will miss his third straight game due to personal reasons.
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 10, 2021