As her Nets teammates prepared to fight the Nuggets on Tuesday night, Kyrie Irving was spending her time on a Zoom call with supporters of Manhattan District Attorney Candidate Tahanie Aboushi.
Irving, who has missed Brooklyn’s last four games for “personal reasons,” was seen at the virtual event along with former New York gubernatorial candidate and “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon. Aboushi tweeted a screenshot of the call, which showed the six-time All-Star in attendance as “Kai Irving”.
The event kicked off at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The Nets and Nuggets issued a warning to Barclays Center around 7:30 p.m. ET.
This is the second time the wayward playmaker has made a splash on social media this week. NBA investigates a video of an Irving without a mask celebrate at what appears to be a family birthday party, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews. If the video is confirmed as recent, Irving may need to quarantine it in accordance with NBA COVID-19 guidelines.
Nets chief executive Sean Marks discussed the video and Irving’s status with the following statement:
“We are aware of a social media video featuring Kyrie Irving at a family reunion. We are reviewing the circumstances with Kyrie and the NBA to determine adherence to health and safety protocols. Kyrie stays away due to personal reasons. His return date has not yet been finalized. In the meantime, we will continue to stay focused on our organizational goals. Kyrie will have the opportunity to speak about his absence when he is ready to do it. “
Brooklyn beat Denver 122-116 behind a stellar performance from Kevin Durant (34 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds), who declined to comment on Irving’s absence.
“I won’t talk about Kyrie. I’ll let him do this for himself,” Durant said on Sunday. “I’m sure you’ll see him soon, every time he comes back, and we stand behind him 100% and pray for the best.”