Kyrie Irving is certainly one of the best basketball players in the NBA, but he became very controversial back in 2021. This is because fans believed his NBA career was done for good due to his refusal to adhere to the COVID-19 vaccine mandates. That said, now it seems Irving got a Hornets fan kicked out from a recent game for heckling.
During the Dallas Mavericks’ game against the Charlotte Hornets on March 26th, Kyrie Irving made headlines after getting a Hornets fan removed from the game for heckling. The incident took place during the third quarter when Irving pointed out the heckler to the referee.
The referee later informed security, and the heckling fan was promptly escorted out of the arena. The Mavericks ended up losing to the Hornets, 59 to 52, in Charlotte.
This isn’t the first time Irving has spoken up when it came to how fans behaved around his team. Just two days ago, he made comments about Mavericks fans booing the team after they lost on their home court on Friday.
“So what? Just the way I feel about it. I’ve been in New York City, so I know what that’s like. You obviously want to play well, but it’s only five people on the court that can play for the Dallas Mavericks. If the fans wanna change places, then hey, be my guest. Got years of work ahead to be great enough to be on this level. But our focus isn’t necessarily on the boos, it should be on the performance.”
The Mavericks’ loss on Sunday brought their season record so far to 36 wins and 38 losses. This left them tied for tenth in the Western Conference and they now risk missing the playoffs. Since Irving joined the team, they have won three games and lost seven. Irving addressed the team’s performance and the reception they have been receiving from fans, attributing it to the team still finding their footing with each other.
“We’re still feeling each other out in a way of getting used to each other’s efforts and attitudes and temperament,” he stated. “And that’s a real thing. That’s a human thing. That’s a human element. Whether people believe it in basketball or not, there’s a very fine line between winning basketball games and everyone being on the same page and losing basketball games and things splintering and pointing fingers.”
Overall, Irving’s actions on the court and comments off the court have sparked conversations about fan behavior and team dynamics in the NBA.
What’s your take on what Kyrie Irving did? Do you agree with him getting the heckler kicked out? Sound off in the comments!