The Boston Celtics’ season didn’t start quite the way Kyrie Irving had imagined it would.
He lost his most talented teammate in the first quarter of the season opener, one of his teammates questioned the trade that brought him to Boston, the team is off to an unexpected 1-2 start, and Irving has been inefficient in the year’s early going, shooting just 37.3 percent from the field and turning the ball over 3.3 times per game to just 5.7 assists.
So you’d expect him to be a little testy. But apparently what really ticks him off is the utterance of his former teammate, LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
On Friday, with the team already 0-2 and trailing the Philadelphia 76ers 50-46 at halftime, Irving was heckled on his way to the locker room.
“Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” shouted a patron.
Irving responded by telling the fan to perform fellatio on him, in so many words.
😂😂😂 Kyrie triggered fam.. pic.twitter.com/2jDLkmVPOG
— Cash (@CashNastyGaming) October 21, 2017
The team wound up pulling out their first win of the season, 102-91. The next day, he spoke with the league about his comments. A day after that, he was fined $25,000 for “using inappropriate language when responding to a fan.”
The Celtics point guard told ESPN he has no regrets about his reaction:
Hell no. [The fan was] man enough to record it on video, then that’s all him. I’m glad he got his [social media] name out there and then, kinda, five seconds of fame and it going viral. That’s the social media platform we live on. I take full responsibility [for] what I said and excuse [to] the kids at home and you move on. … At the end of the day, we’re human. It’s in heat of the moment, and frustrations arises. We were at halftime, we were down by four, in an environment, a season opener in Philly. Being with a young team like we have here and staying composed, handling that before we go in the locker room and addressing what we have to do in the locker room and going out and handling business and getting the W, that’s really the only thing that matters to me.
While the secret’s out and just about every NBA fan now knows how to get under Irving’s skin, a stadium full of LeBron look-alikes likely couldn’t keep Boston from a win on Monday night, when they play the New York Knicks.