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Kyrie Irving Sucks, But That’s No Excuse to Throw Bottles or Be Racist

I don’t care what you think about Kyrie Irving. You have no right to spew racist vitriol or throw stuff at him. Why is that hard to grasp?

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Kyrie Irving Sucks, But That’s No Excuse to Throw Bottles or Be Racist


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I will never call Kyrie Irving a racial slur. Nor will I ever throw an object at him, or any other athlete for that matter. Fan behavior is quickly becoming absolutely reprehensible. And I’m close to wishing we could go back to not allowing fans in stadiums and arenas.

The kid who threw a bottle at Kyrie should have to face him in the parking lot 1-on-1 and do it again. Just as is the case with the fan who spit at Trae Young.

As a Celtics fan, I hate Kyrie Irving. Kyrie Irving is entitled. He’s a whiney athlete. And he absolutely disrespected a fanbase.

But he should never be put in harm’s way. Nor should he be the subject of racial abuse.

Why is it that commentary centered around what an athlete does on their respective “playing field” always takes a back seat when they’re not white? What does being Black have anything to do with Kyrie Irving and the petulant child syndrome he has had? Literally nothing. Absolutely nothing. And I can’t believe you people, who would rather call him lazy, useless, and the N-word, are making me defend him? But your absolute ignorance and stupidity is.

Why? Because Kyrie Irving is a human being.

He may not believe in science, or keep his word, or care for anyone but himself. But Kyrie is human. Therefore you can’t throw shit at him. You absolutely can NOT spew racist vitriol at him.

Call him out for being a hypocrite. Judge his backdoor way of leaving Boston and his All-Star weekend meet-up with Kevin Durant. Criticize the way he said that his team didn’t need a coach after hiring one. All of that is perfectly valid.

But as soon as you cross that line. As soon as you drop a word you know you shouldn’t say. Once you throw an object meant to hit someone who doesn’t see it coming? You’ve gone from disgruntled fan to showing your true colors as a complete asshole.

Kevin is an actor, director, playwright, and musician who works in tech. He is die hard New England sports and an avid Tottenham supporter. His qualifications include scoring 1 point in his elementary school basketball career, 4 years of mixed little league results, and breaking his arm with a skip-it days before pre-season workouts started for Freshman football.

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