Despite some great work on the court, most of the headlines around Kyrie Irving of the Dallas Mavericks over the last few years have been negative.
From his suspension for posting anti-semitic material to his stance on the COVID vaccine to some other opinions he shares, Irving has received a rash of nasty headlines.
He has also been called a bad influence and a negative energy for the teams he’s played with.
Irving is apparently sick of that.
ClutchPoints posted footage from a recent live stream of Irving when he talked about the way people view him.
“You see me for three hours and you think you know who I am,” Irving said.
He continued, “It’s 15 guys on the team and I’m the one cancer in the room. These older, bitter gentlemen and women keep my name in their mouths every day.”
"You see me for 3 hours and you think you know who I am… It's 15 guys on the team, and I'm the one cancer in the room. That's what it's portrayed as… these older, bitter gentlemen and women keep my name in their mouths every day."
Kyrie Irving had some pic.twitter.com/EqJpK0AbIA… https://t.co/1uYMMM3uPx
— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) March 9, 2023
Irving obviously has a strong opinion about the stories and speculation written about him.
It’s a bit ironic since Irving has said in the past that he doesn’t pay attention or care about how others feel about him.
But clearly, this has gotten under his skin.
Irving isn’t wrong that he is often singled out as the worst part of a team even though multiple elements are probably at work harming team harmony.
Irving might be spoken about poorly but his basketball skills speak for themselves.
The controversial star is averaging 27.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 5.6 assists a game so far this season.
He may come with a lot of baggage and bad press but Irving is still a terrific NBA star.NEXT: Latest Luka Doncic Update Will Have Mavericks Fans Worried