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Was message on Kyrie Irving’s hat a shot at LeBron James? (pic)

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James presumably are not on the best of terms after the point guard forced his way off the Cleveland Cavaliers with a trade demand during the offseason.

The two superstars engaged in what appeared to be a passive-aggressive and cryptic social media spat as Irving orchestrated his exodus out of Cleveland that ultimately landed him with the Boston Celtics. And it appears the feud is not yet over, at least from Irving’s perspective.

Following the Celtics’ preseason game Monday, Irving was spotted during a post-game interview sporting a hat bearing an interesting message that arguably could be inferred as a potshot at his onetime teammate.

The hat reads, “Popularity contests are not truth contests.” Shots fired, perhaps?

Here’s what Irving had to say about Monday’s game, where he played 19 minutes, scored 9 points, pulled down 4 rebounds and had 3 assists in Monday’s 94-82 win over the Charlotte Hornets.

There without question exists some bad blood between Irving and James. The notion that Irving was eager to step out of James’ considerable shadow presumably didn’t sit well with the Cavs superstar.

That said, perhaps it’s time for both Irving and James to leave the antagonism and pettiness in the past and focus on the future.

Although given Irving’s hat — and James’ potential response — that doesn’t appear to be in the cards at this time.