Thanks to Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving, LeBron James has early competition for the NBA’s A-Hole of the year award.
Irving offended millions of sports fans and decent Americans when after his team lost on Wednesday to the longtime rival New York Knicks, he grumbled “f**k Thanksgiving” during a postgame press conference.
“I don’t celebrate that sh*t, f*ck Thanksgiving.” – Kyrie Irving when someone said Happy Thanksgiving as he was leaving his media scrum.
— Clevis Murray (@ClevisMurray) November 22, 2018
Via Yahoo News, “Kyrie Irving hates Thanksgiving: ‘I don’t celebrate that s—‘”:
When millions of Americans sit down on Thursday afternoon to celebrate Thanksgiving, Kyrie Irving will not be one of them.
The Boston Celtics point guard doesn’t celebrate the holiday.
When leaving his postgame interview on Wednesday night after the Celtics’ 117-109 loss to the New York Knicks in Boston, someone wished him a “Happy Thanksgiving.”
Irving, clearly not a fan of the holiday, didn’t hold back.
“I don’t celebrate that s—,” Irving said. “F— Thanksgiving.”
The one-time Rookie Of The Year let his feelings slip amidst the frustration of his putrid team’s latest performance: the Celtics are currently middling to mediocre, hardly the start of a title contender.
Once his loathsome and misanthropic comment began to get the wrong kind of attention, Irving quickly walked it back and apologized, lest he risk jeopardizing his endorsement deals.
Given Kyrie Irving's substantial business outside of playing for the Celtics–his endorsement deals with Nike and Pepsi; his Uncle Drew character–there are financial & contractual reasons for him to avoid making controversial statements, and, like here, retracting ones he makes. https://t.co/NP3XqD4d01
— Michael McCann (@McCannSportsLaw) November 22, 2018
Via Sports Illustrated:
Celtics’ guard Kyrie Irving apologized for his “F— Thanksgiving,” comment that came after the team’s frustrating 117-109 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night.
“I spoke w/ frustration after last nights game and spoke words that shouldn’t be in a professional setting no matter what,” Irving wrote on Twitter. “Meant no disrespect to the Holiday and those who celebrate it respectfully. I’m grateful for the time We all can share with our families. We are always ONE.”
Irving’s multiple endorsement deals provide financial and contractual reasons for him to avoid controversial statements like his Thanksgiving comment.
I spoke w/ frustration after last nights game and spoke words that shouldn’t be in a professional setting no matter what.
— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) November 22, 2018
Being a former teammate of King James, it’s understandable that some of the multimillionaire SJW and avowed Trump-hater would have rubbed off on Irving.