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David Aldridge: 'I Do Not Expect To Hear From Kyrie When League Awards, Many Selected By The Media, Are Decided, As He Should Not Seek Or Accept Any Honor Bestowed By Those He Holds In Such Contempt.'

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Kyrie Irving has engaged in a battle with the media after he decided not to talk to any of them for this upcoming 2020/21 NBA season. The Brooklyn Nets star made it clear he won't be addressing the media this season, which didn't sit well with anybody in the league. The NBA decided to fine him with $25K but that didn't make any difference for him.

In fact, he came back stronger, sending a big message to the media, calling them 'pawns' and claiming they're not worth his attention.

“I’ve had enough of someone else’s propaganda,” Irving wrote in an Instagram Story. “I’m for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it’s for or against. I’m a human being first and foremost, and as such I am for whoever and whatever benefits humanity as a whole.’

I pray that we utilize the ‘fine money’ for the marginalized communities in need, especially seeing where our world is presently. (I am) I am here for Peace, Love, and Greatness. So stop distracting me and my team, and appreciate the Art. We move differently over here. I do not talk to pawns, my attention is worth more.'”

Plenty of people reacted to those words, including Kyrie's former teammate Kevin Love, who called the move a 'disrespect' towards reporters. Well, not only Love took offense to that. David Aldridge, The Athletic's Editor in Chief in Washington, D.C., sent another message to Kyrie, asking him to not feel bad or in the mood to call out the media when he's not awarded with whatever honor he feels he needs.

"Truly: If Irving doesn't talk to the media this year, fine. I will not be angered in the least — as long as he and the Nets are consistently and increasingly fined for his refusal to honor his contract. I also do not expect to hear from Kyrie when league awards, many selected by the media, are decided, as he should not seek or accept any honor bestowed by those he holds in such contempt."

Kyrie is making more enemies in the league by the day. He's not even played a minute with the Nets in the new NBA season and is already making a lot of noise.