Nets All-Star guard Kyrie Irving could face more NBA sanctions after he backed out of his 11:10 a.m. Zoom call with media on All-Star Sunday.
The media was notified at 11:15 a.m. during the call that Irving would not be joining and he decided he’d only talk postgame.
The 24 All-Stars were mandated to speak to the media on Sunday late morning/early afternoon before the All-Star Game since they were permitted to show up Saturday night instead of Friday.
The 28-year-old, seven-time All-Star was fined $25,000 by the NBA for not talking on the standard Media Day at the outset of training camp.
Irving posted on Instagram after getting fined that he was tired of “someone else’s propaganda” referring to the sports media. Rumors circulated Irving wouldn’t talk the entire season.
When the NBA fined Irving, it stated, “The fines result from Irving’s refusal on several occasions this week to participate in the team media availability.”
After the fine, Irving wrote in a statement he hoped the fine money would support marginalized communities. Irving also added, “My goal this season is to let my work on and off the court speak for itself.”
Perhaps Irving was not ready to answer certain questions such as what he thinks about the potential of adding former All-Star Blake Griffin to the roster. The Nets are considered favorites for the free-agent power forward after the Pistons bought out his contract.