Kyrie Irving resisted saying anything inflammatory Thursday night, declining to address a last-second foul call.
Instead, he used his wardrobe choice to make a statement.
The Boston Celtics guard rocked a black New York Times T-shirt featuring the newspaper's recently-adapted slogan,"Truth: It's more important than ever," during his postgame interview following a last-second loss to the Bucks in Milwaukee.
Kyrie Irving’s post-game attire is an NY Times shirt that says “Truth: It’s more important than ever.” pic.twitter.com/lv2VUXrvZ0— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) February 22, 2019
For context, Irving had a tense back-and-forth with a reporter just one day prior over a video of him and Kevin Durant having a (not so) private conversation at NBA All-Star Weekend. Specifically, Irving was irked by people suggesting he and Durant were talking about free agent plans, adding, "That’s what disconnects me from all this s—."
One could view the message on Irving's shirt as a response to that speculation. One also could notice it's a New York Times shirt and do exactly what the All-Star point guard hates: speculate that he's joining the Knicks in free agency this summer.
That's what happened on Twitter, albeit with some sarcasm mixed in.
Ironic coming from The NY Times— GOAT (@money_bags222) February 22, 2019
Confirmed. Kyrie will quit nba to be journalist for NY Times.— KnicksKnowDrama (@KnicksKnowDrama) February 22, 2019
Eventually, MassLive.com's Tom Westerholm had to step in and stop the madness.
To those of you who are making a big deal over the “NY” part of “NY Times”: Please seek help.— Tom Westerholm (@Tom_NBA) February 22, 2019
But others used Irving's stand for "truth" as a reminder he once promoted the (false) idea the earth is flat.
Does he still think the Earth is flat though?— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) February 22, 2019
Truth: it’s more important than ever pic.twitter.com/Sj5Q9zWyhZ— Andrew Burton (@andrew_burton) February 22, 2019
Irving since has apologized for promoting the flat earth theory, but as we've seen, Twitter isn't exactly the place for nuance.
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