Kevin Love: Kyrie Irving calling media ‘pawns’ a ‘sign of disrespect’
Kyrie Irving is currently engaged in a contentious standoff with reporters, and Kevin Love called out his former teammate for using a disrespectful term to characterize the men and women who work in the media.
Irving and the Brooklyn Nets were both fined $25,000 this week over how his refusal to meet with reporters violates the NBA’s media rules. The point guard subsequently shared a statement on Instagram Friday in which he referred to media members as “pawns.”
"I do not talk to Pawns."— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) December 11, 2020
Kyrie Irving responds following being fined by the NBA for failure to comply with the league's media requirements. pic.twitter.com/WPgj3MPZXH
Love, who spent three seasons with Irving on the Cleveland Cavaliers, could not help but call out his former teammate for such divisive rhetoric.
#Cavs Kevin Love disagrees with former teammate Kyrie Irving’s stance on the media.— Tom Withers (@twithersAP) December 11, 2020
“Calling anybody a pawn is a sure sign of disrespect,” Love said. “I’m not a divisive person.” pic.twitter.com/4izgXgnO1A
Love went on to say that the late Flip Saunders taught him during his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves that every person deserves respect and has a role to play.
As far as Irving’s ongoing feud with the media goes, his stubborn stance is not surprising. The mercurial superstar announced his media boycott earlier this month in a statement.
Kyrie Irving issued a statement that says, in part: “My goal this season is to let my work on and off the court speak for itself.”— Malika Andrews (@malika_andrews) December 4, 2020
He said he is issuing this statement instead of speaking with reporters. pic.twitter.com/ninUzAnhzC
Love’s full comments on the Irving situation, including how the Cavs star admits he can understand to some extent where his old teammate is coming from, follow.
Not my question, but here's Kevin Love's extended thoughts on Kyrie Irving's "pawns" post stemming from a rocky relationship with the media. #Cavs @basketbllnews pic.twitter.com/Jh3NpI3Mli— Spencer Davies (@SpinDavies) December 11, 2020