Kyrie Irving has apparently been holding a lot back and needed to release it all.
During a recent livestream, the NBA star who’s known for his controversies, went on a complete rant covering his thoughts on gambling, Ja Morant’s nightclub/gun situation, fans and more while wearing what appears to be a fluffy brown onesie and burning sage as he spews his thoughts.
Kyrie Irving WENT OFF!
While Irving is undeniably one of the best players in the league, his off-court behavior sometimes has people talking. Irving says it like it is and shares his beliefs unapologetically, and for many, that’s a hard sell.
During Wednesday night’s Dallas Mavericks vs. New Orleans Pelicans, Irving had words with an opinionated outspoken fan.
“There’s nothing like fans trying to tell me how to play basketball,” Irving yelled to the fan from the court. The fan shouted back something about telling Irving how to post on Amazon, referring to the anti-semetic documentary that Irving shared a link to that got him suspended while on the Brooklyn Nets. The two went back and forth a bit, and then after the game while saging the negative energy from around him, he went on a complete rant on Twitch.
“Nothing like fans telling me how to play basketball” 😭 @KyrieIrving (via @ProPelsTalk) pic.twitter.com/OUAbFWJdIH
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“You see me for three hours and you think you know who I am. You see a few posts, ‘Oh Kai is woke. Kai got it. Oh Kai is, oh my goodness, he just doesn’t fit into the mold of all the other people and he’s different, he’s crazy, he’s arrogant, he’s this, he’s that, he’s this. All from seeing me for three hours,” he ranted.
“You get all that…’What’s Kai gonna do this summer? Does Kai like Dallas? What happened in Brooklyn? What happened in Boston? What happened in Cleveland? Why did you leave LeBron? Why did you leave Jayson? Why did you leave KD? Why did you leave all these people?’ For three hours. You get to ask all these legitimate questions, as if 21 hours every day wasn’t happening after that.”
“It’s 15 guys on the team and I’m the one cancer in the room. That’s what it’s portrayed as…these older, bitter gentlemen and women keep my name in their mouths every day”
– Kyrie Irving
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— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) March 9, 2023
The NBA star continued his rant on fans and their never-ending thoughts on him by saying, “Me, you would think that I’m the cancer in the locker room, as if basketball is an individual sport that one person is supposed to take blame for. It’s 15 guys on the team and I’m the one cancer in the room. That’s what it’s portrayed as, that’s what you guys get. That’s what they have fun doing. That’s why these older bitter gentlemen and women keep my name in their mouths every day.”
Kyrie Irving Talked About Ja Morant’s Situation
Irving also brought up Memphis Grizzlies star Morant and his recent trouble. He talked about how everyone makes mistakes, but celebrities are treated differently for their mistakes.
“He’s not the only person who’s dealt with real life circumstances. He’s not the only one and he won’t be the only one. So guess what I’m gonna do? I’m going to stand and make sure I’m there for my family and my friends,” he said.
“We all make mistakes. We all do things that we’ll regret. But somehow when you’re a celebrity and you’re famous, you’re underneath different rules.”
Kyrie on Ja:
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) March 10, 2023
Sports Betting Has Entered The Chat
Another topic Irving brought up was sports betting and gambling and his uncensored thoughts.
“Gambling and sports betting has completely taken the purity away and the fun away from the game at times. I’m just gonna be honest with y’all. Work is work, but the support around it can be very distracting,” he said. “There’s a difference between being a diehard fan and supporting your team and loving your team versus somebody that’s betting on a parlay or somebody that wants to hit.”
“Gambling and sports betting has completely taken the purity and the fun away from the game at times…There’s a difference between being a diehard fan and supporting your team and loving your team vs somebody that’s betting on a parlay or somebody that pic.twitter.com/OdjEnr4lgP… https://t.co/vT2guGQaBv
— NBACentral (@TheNBACentral) March 9, 2023
He continued by saying he doesn’t want anyone wasting their money on him, and the community of gamblers that’s coming into the game of basketball seems to confuse him.
“Why not gamble on something that makes sense to you? And if you gamble on me, I’m not gonna tell you whether it’s a good gamble or a bad gamble, I’m just saying, you’re gambling, you’re gonna win or lose,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean slide into people’s DMs or wishing bad on them or doing the extra sh** that goes on. It blows my mind sometimes.”