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Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 by NBA for insulting fan during game

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Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 by NBA for insulting fan during game

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Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving was fined for insulting a fan during a game in Cleveland this week.

The NBA fined the guard $25,000 Thursday for the incident in Monday night’s game, which the Nets lost 114-107 to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Video posted on social media showed fans heckling Irving during the second quarter. “Kyrie, do you need LeBron? shouted one fan, referring to Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.

“You all have a championship and always ungrateful motherfuckers,” Irving can be heard responding.

Irving played alongside James in 2016 when they helped the Cavaliers win the NBA championship.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets takes on Brandon Goodwin of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday, January 17, 2022 in Cleveland.

Irving returned to the Nets after the team reversed a decision last month to bar him from playing with the team due to his refusal to get a COVID-19 shot.

Irving is still not allowed to play home games or train in public places in New York due to city vaccination mandates. The home game ban cost him about half of his $35 million salary.

Irving told reporters Monday night that he would not reconsider his vaccine denial, even though a knee injury sidelined teammate Kevin Durant.

“It’s already my decision, and I’m sticking to it,” he said, according to The Associated Press. He added: “As far as where I’m at with my life outside of this, I remain rooted in my decision and that’s exactly what it is. It’s not going to be swayed just because of one thing is this NBA life that somehow has come to my attention as more important than what’s going on in the real world.

Kyrie Irving fined $25,000 by NBA for insulting fan during game

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