Kyrie Irving has been at the receiving end of a lot of criticism from Stephen A. Smith in recent times, with Smith criticizing Irving for several reasons since the last season. Irving hadn't acknowledged it while the saga with the Brooklyn Nets was still unfolding but he recently called Smith out, talking about how SAS would have to answer to the people of his generation.
Irving went off on Smith, telling him that his father and uncles would be the ones to talk to Smith 'on his level'. There might have been an expectation that SAS wouldn't respond with hostility considering the public callout, but the media member ended up doubling down on his takes in a fiery tweet in response to Kyrie.
"Oh you've got it twisted bro! Big time! I don't have to explain a damn thing to anyone - ESPECIALLY you and your father!!! (Your uncle, Rod Strickland is another matter - I love that brother. And I profoundly respect him... Always!
"As for you, when you have a LEVEL, let me know. Because I am not aware that you have one - off the court. Either way, I have a wish: ONE DAY you'll stop hiding behind the public support you receive and fess up to the shenanigans you engage in... leaving folks hanging like laundry.
"Be honest about what you've truly been doing. Until then, let's confront one another 1-on-1 for the WORLD to see – your TRUTH up against mine in a public forum for everyone to judge.
"Name the time and place and I'll show up! I keep receipts, bro! SHOW UP! You do know what that is don't you? If you didn't before, I know you know now – now that you're after that at $$$$$ you took for granted to be waiting for you! See you in the FALL!!!!!"
This is a very incendiary statement and it remains to be seen how Kyrie responds, if at all. The fact that Stephen A. Smith is being this unapologetic is mildly surprising but not entirely considering his general brash style on TV. This seems to be another beef to keep an eye on as the offseason continues to unfold.