Kyrie Irving has gotten himself in quite a bit of trouble as of late, and it would seem that he has dragged his friends into the mud right along with him albeit inadvertently. Those that have come to his defense, particularly Jay Williams, received the treatment from fans, and all because he spoke up for his friend.

As we’ve been reporting, Kyrie Irving has been in this aforementioned hot water with his team and the city of New York. Irving made headlines by refusing to get vaccinated despite the regulations that are set up in the city of New York regarding the Covid-19 protocols and vaccine.

Despite the fact that Irving has had his critics over his decision and his stance on the vaccine…specifically ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith, who claimed that Kyrie’s actions were blatantly: “flat out stupid…” Most of what he had to say on Irving was negative during Wednesday’s edition of First Take He got particularly heated when he was told that Kyrie wished to be considered : “a voice for the voiceless…” Smith said:

“I’ve been covering the NBA now for almost 25 years…I mean, this is some of the stupidest nonsense I’ve ever seen. Just flat-out stupid…you want to give a voice to the voiceless. Really? And how is that going to work out for you, Kyrie Irving? You’re going to disappear from the game of basketball? Who the hell is gonna be interested in what you have to say when have proven that you can’t even be trusted enough to do your damn job?”


Jay Williams, formerly of the Chicago Bulls and is currently an analyst, came to his good buddy’s defense, and it was this that garnered him the bad reaction from fans. It was while speaking to TMZ that he defended Irving.

He has now received death threats because of it, he also later told the outlet. This shows many that the war of the vaccinated vs. the unvaccinated is getting extremely ugly.

It was already ugly, but news like this undoubtedly proves that this has reached a new level. Jat said as much, shocked that his comments could garner enough hate to wish death upon him.

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Domenic Marinelli

Domenic Marinelli is an author and freelance writer/journalist. Some of his work has appeared in The Sportster, E-Wrestling News, Pro Wrestling News Hub, The Recipe,, Guilty Eats, Par Ex News, CFL News Hub, Daily DDT, XFL News Hub, as well as other print and internet publications. He is the author of Generic V, Summer of the Great White Wolf, His Old Tapes (stories & poetry), and so many others. He lives in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. He's an avid reader and loves hiking.

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