Kyrie Irving calls media 'pawns,' hopes $25,000 fine helps 'marginalized communities in need'

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Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving isn’t fazed after the NBA fined him — and the Nets — $25,000 for ignoring the media. Irving responded to the fine Friday, saying he hopes that money goes to “marginalized communities in need.”

Irving also indicated he still has no interest in speaking with the media, referring to them as “pawns.”

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Irving’s statement begins with a quote from Malcolm X. After that, Irving says he hopes his fine money is used to help communities in need. He then says, “Stop distracting me and my team and appreciate the art. We move different over here.” Irving ends his statement saying he doesn’t talk to pawns, and that his “attention is worth more.”

Kyrie Irving wants actions to speak for themselves this season

Irving drew criticism after he issued a statement instead of meeting with the media last Friday. In his statement, he said he wanted “to ensure that my message is conveyed properly.” Irving also said he wanted his work on and off the court to speak for itself this year.

NBA players, however, are required to meet with the media. Because of that, the league fined Irving and the Nets $25,000 on Thursday.

While Irving doesn’t seem to mind the fine, his team may feel differently. If the Nets grow tired of this act, it could be a matter of time before Irving starts reluctantly appearing at media sessions.

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