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Kyrie sounds off on NBA fine: 'I do not talk to pawns'

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Kyrie Irving apparently doesn't want to speak to the media this season, but he's certainly not staying silent.

The NBA fined Irving and the Brooklyn Nets $25,000 each Thursday for "violating league rules governing media interview access" after Irving skipped NBA Media Week and issued a statement instead.

As you'd expect, Irving isn't happy about that fine. Here's what he posted to (and later deleted from) his Instagram story Friday morning:

Irving referenced a quote from Malcolm X before expressing hope that his and the Nets' $25,000 fines would be redirected to "marginalized communities in need."

The veteran point guard then wrote, "Stop distracting me and my team and appreciate the Art. We move different over here," and ended his post with, "I do not talk to Pawns. My attention is worth more."

All NBA players are required to be available to the media as part of their job description, but Irving doesn't seem willing to participate, even after costing himself and his team money.

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Irving's disdain for the media is nothing new, however: While with the Celtics, he called out reporters in Boston for asking him about an exchange he had with future teammate Kevin Durant that was caught on video.

 

The 28-year-old reportedly is planning a media blackout this season, stemming from an apparent desire to control his own narrative rather than have his comments be misrepresented.

There's no denying the message in Irving's latest Instagram post, though, and he seems committed to a tactic that could result in further discipline if it continues.