Kyrie Irving has always been mercurial. He's always been outspoken. We applaud our outspoken players when we agree with them and bemoan them when we do not. The thing is—there is a line you can cross.
Remember in 2018 when the most cringe-inducing comments from Irving were related to the earth being flat? I do.
“What I’ve been taught is that the earth is round. But if you really think about it from a landscape of the way we travel, the way we move and the fact that, can you really think of us rotating around the sun and all planets aligned, rotating in specific dates, being perpendicular with what’s going on with these planets. Because, everything that they send—or that they want to say they’re sending—doesn’t come back. There is no concrete information except for the information that they’re giving us. They’re particularly putting you in the direction of what to believe and what not to believe. The truth is right there, you just got to go searching for it.”
If you can make sense of those comments, bless you. It is worth noting that he ended up doubling down on those comments before apologizing for them.
After spending more than a season refusing to take the COVID-19 vaccination, therefore upending his employer, teammates, and peers, Irving decided to share an Alex Jones video clip entitled “Never Forget - Alex Jones Tried To Warn Us” with Jones claiming back in 2002 that a “New World Order” would release “plagues upon us…”
Jones is currently in the middle of his second defamation lawsuit for lying to the public about his conspiracy theory that the Sandy Hook mass shooting was a hoax. He was eviscerated in the first lawsuit in which he was found liable. This second one is the second of three where many law experts agree he will lose. Jones is a reprehensible figure who has been spouting lies and garbage for over a decade. Anyone sharing Jones videos as a legitimate source has some serious issues with reality. Irving has some serious issues with reality.
Most recently, Irving decided to speak out against the mandatory COVID-19 vaccine enforcement ... calling it "one of the biggest violations of human rights in history."
"If I can work and be unvaccinated, then all of my brothers and sisters who are also unvaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified, or fired. This enforced Vaccine/Pandemic is one the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history."
Wow. I'd like to see his top 5 historical human rights violations. On top of being a preposterous statement, it is pretty disrespectful to the hundreds or thousands of real human rights violations throughout human history.
Every single child who has attended school has vaccine mandates to be able to attend school. Despite what Fox News, OANN, Breitbart, or whatever inaccurate sources say, these kinds of mandates have been around for decades. Irving's judgment has been coopted by something, and it is sad to see.
Being an outspoken athlete is a good thing. Social justice and fighting for the rights of the marginalized are admirable acts. What Irving is doing is the opposite of that. He is padding the pockets and reputations of those who spread false information and hurt marginalized groups. I hope he is given better information as he continues to grow.