Kyrie Irving has once again made headlines with another controversial statement. The Brooklyn Nets star guard has voiced that he won’t speak to the media this upcoming season. Irving’s actions have created a chain reaction from the league and puzzled many in the NBA community. Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has now weighed on the matter with strong comments concerning the All-Star guard.
Kyrie Irving says he won’t speak to the media
Kyrie Irving hasn’t been shy about speaking his mind throughout much of his NBA career.
Irving has gone that route yet again after he decided that he wouldn’t speak to the media this upcoming season. His stance quickly led the NBA to levy down a $25,000 fine that he responded with a strong statement that included voicing, “I do not talk to Pawns. My attention is worth more.”
The entire situation has created a ripple effect of reactions through the media from established NBA reporters to current and former players. The latest among them is Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, who had some strong remarks for the Nets star point guard.
Charles Barkley believes there is something wrong with Kyrie Irving
Charles Barkley has a wide-range history of using his platform to speak his mind on topics as a former NBA player.
Barkley has never been one to move away from airing how he truly feels about any matter. During a recent interview with 92.9 The Game in Atlanta this week, the Hall of Famer stated that he was puzzled by Irving’s comments and believed speaking to the media is part of the job.
“I wish somebody would get in his ear. I do think there is something wrong with Kyrie, I truly believe that. I’m not joking right now,” Barkley said. “I don’t understand what his objective is. Yo man they’re paying you $40 million, you gotta just talk to the press. You can answer the questions you want to, you got to show up and answers questions.
“I tell all these guys, ‘Man we’re the luckiest dudes in the world. We make millions of dollars just playing a stupid game and part of it is coming on radio shows, talking to the press. They got jobs to do.’”
Barkley’s comments shed greater light on the responsibility that the players have in speaking to the media. It’s part of the territory with playing a professional sport as media members have a job to report on teams.
There are those in the media that certainly love to stir things up, but the overwhelming majority takes that responsibility seriously and handles it appropriately. The concern that Barkley has with the matter is also one that is shared by a couple of current star players.
Other NBA players have chimed in on the situation
Kyrie Irving’s strong comments about his expected lack of media availability have already drawn a few of his colleagues’ attention.
His former Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Kevin Love voiced recently that it was a “sign of disrespect” for him to refer to the media as pawns. Love also expressed that he holds tremendous respect and admiration for Irving but didn’t understand why he would route.
Meanwhile, Portland Trail Blazers star point guard Damian Lillard commented during Irving’s Instagram live on Saturday that the Nets guard needs to speak to the media. The 28-year-old may have some understandable reasoning, such as getting his words twisted in an unintended manner.
The situation can only become worse with it creating issues between the league and media. It’s a viewpoint Irving feels quite strongly about, but several of his peers have made it quite evident it’s not a shared stance.