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Irving says he doesn't talk to 'pawns' in response to fines

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Kyrie Irving apparently is unfazed by the NBA's fine of him and the Brooklyn Nets for his failure to appear during media week.

The six-time all-star took to Instagram on Friday with a message that appears to be a response to the $25,000 fines he and the team each received Thursday.

"I pray we utilize the 'fine money' for the marginalized communities in need, especially seeing where our world is presently," Irving's post read, following a quote from Malcolm X. "I am here for Peace, Love, and Greatness. So stop distracting me and my team, and appreciate the Art. We move different over here.

"I do not talk to Pawns. My attention is worth more."

In place of the traditional media day teams had in past years, the NBA dubbed last week as media week, where teams spread out availabilities to limit the amount of players in facilities at once in accordance with COVID-19 protocols.

In place of making his virtual availability with reporters, Irving released a statement last Friday.

"COVID-19 has impacted us all in many ways, so I pray for the safety and health of our communities domestically and abroad. I am truly excited for the season to start and I am also praying that everyone remains safe and healthy throughout this journey," the statement read in part. "Instead of speaking to the media today, I am issuing this statement to ensure that my message is conveyed properly."

 

The NBA issued the fines for Irving's refusal on several occasions to participate in team media availability.

The Nets open the preseason Sunday against the Washington Wizards.