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#pounditTuesday, September 22, 2020

Kyrie Irving does not support Orlando plan, willing to give up everything

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving made his stance on NBA matters clear during a call with several players Friday night, according to a report.

Irving has been described by reports on Friday as a “disruptor” and driving force against the NBA’s plan to return to action in Orlando.

Despite voting in favor of the NBA’s plan to resume the 2019-2020 season in Orlando next month, Irving has been raising concerns about and reportedly led a call on Friday aimed at talking about those concerns.

“I don’t support going into Orlando. I’m not with the systematic racism and the bulls—. Something smells a little fishy,” Irving said on the call, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Charania reports that Irving said on the call that he was “willing to give up everything” for social reform.

Several players apparently spoke up about not supporting the resumed season due to social issues.

Players who do not want to play in the resumed season do not have to, according to terms of the agreement between the players and owners. Several top NBA players have warned of significant financial consequences should the season not be resumed. Such consequences would be born by all players, not just Irving. Irving did say he would go along with what the players chose.

Irving is in his first season with the Brooklyn Nets but only played in 20 games. He is out for the season with a shoulder injury.

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