The NBA is reviewing Kyrie Irving’s actions, as videos of his party circulated the internet. The point guard of the Brooklyn Nets has been missing in the past three games. According to reports, he won’t be part of the game against the Denver Nuggets.
Irving’s lack of participation in the NBA games comes as a surprise since his 2020-2021 campaign has been great. The Brooklyn Nets player scored 26 points against the Warriors in the team’s season-opening win. Aside from that, he also won against the Celtics on Christmas Day with 37 points.
The Nets star provides great statistics when it comes to his playing. He averages 27.1 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 6.1 assists per game. He also shoots from the field at 50.4% while from a 3-point range he shoots 42.6%. However, despite these amazing stats, how come he hasn’t played for the last three games?
Why the Brooklyn Nets Star is Not Playing
So far Irving missed out on three games, which are the Jan. 7 vs 76ers, Jan. 8 vs Grizzlies, and Jan. 10 vs Thunder. He is expected to miss out on a few more. With so many absences, many fans have been wondering what is up with the six-time All-Star.
According to the Brooklyn Nets, Irving is out due to personal reasons. Many reports claimed that he sat out because he felt upset after the storming of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Donald Trump rioters. The NBA team, along with its players, felt dismayed and horror about the horrific event.
“Ky’s still on personal leave, and all the communication with Ky between the organization, I’m going to keep private. I’m sure you’ll hear from him at some point,” said Nash in an interview before the game between the Nets and Thunder.
Even Kevin Durant, his fellow teammate who joined the Nets simultaneously as Irving due to the 2019 free agency, declined to say anything specific about Irving’s continued absence from the court.
“I won’t speak about Kyrie. I’ll let him do that for himself. I’m sure you guys will see him soon, whenever he comes back, and we support him 100 percent and pray for the best,” says Durant.
Investigation of the Birthday Video Party
The NBA is currently launching an investigation about a video of Irving who allegedly attended a family birthday without a mask. According to Vincent Goodwill from Yahoo Sports, Irving’s father and sister both had birthdays during the week.
The video has been all over social media, and it showed Irving and his sister at a birthday party. The Brooklyn Nets later released a statement. Sean Marks, the team’s general manager, said that the Nets is working with Irving and the NBA in the said investigation.
“We are aware of a video on social media featuring Kyrie Irving at a family gathering. We are reviewing the circumstances with both Kyrie and the NBA in order to determine compliance with health and safety protocols. Kyrie remains away from the team due to personal reasons. A date of his return has yet to be finalized. In the meantime, we will continue to stay focused on our organizational goals. Kyrie will have the opportunity to address his absence when he is ready to do so.”
Although it might seem bleak for the Nets without their trusted point guard, Irving will be back in the game. Head coach Steve Nash confirmed that he expects the basketball player to return this season. Moreover, general manager, Marks, confirmed that Irving will remain away from the team for the meantime and that he’s return date is not yet finalized.
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