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Kyrie Irving Compares Himself To Muhammad Ali In Shocking New Instagram Story

Kyrie Irving

Nets star Kyrie Irving has become one of the NBA's most controversial players. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, Irving was infamous for his outlandish takes, which once included doubting that the earth was round.

Recently, Irving made headlines again for refusing to get the vaccine, reasoning that he's fighting against the control of society.

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of Irving’s decision have told The Athletic that Irving is not anti-vaccine and that his stance is that he is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. It’s a stance that Irving has explained to close teammates. To him, this is about a grander fight than the one on the court and Irving is challenging a perceived control of society and people’s livelihood, according to sources with knowledge of Irving’s mindset. It is a decision that he believes he is capable to make given his current life dynamics. “Kyrie wants to be a voice for the voiceless,” one source said.

Even as Kyrie wages war against the powers that be and risks exposure to COVID-19 in the process, he is actually in the process of working his way back to the team.

But before getting the chance to make his debut, he made sure to stir up some outrage once again.

On Instagram, he posted a picture to his story that seemed to compare himself to Muhammed Ali, a widely respected and beloved civil rights activist of the late 1900s.

The picture is of Ali with his mouth taped shut ahead of a 1963 fight against Doug Jones. Ali did things like that all the time to promote peace and civil rights. He is widely regarded as one of the sports world's greatest heroes.

For Kyrie to compare himself to a guy like Ali, who was fighting for bigger and more important causes, is bold, to say the least.

And while Uncle Drew's message may resonate with a lot of people, it's clear that not everybody sees him in such a positive light.