While many are expecting a full sweep in the first round, Brooklyn Net Kyrie Irving doesn’t seem too happy to be returning to his former home arena of the TD Garden. Ahead of game three on Friday, Kyrie mulled over how receptive the crowd would be upon his return.
“I am just looking forward to competing with my teammates and hopefully, we can just keep it strictly basketball; there’s no belligerence or racism going on — subtle racism,” Irving said. “People yelling sh*t from the crowd, but even if it is, it’s part of the nature of the game, and we’re just going to focus on what we can control.”
The media pressed further and asked if Irving had ever racist comments made towards him while playing in Boston, and responded by shrugging and revealing that he “was not the only one that can attest to this.”
The racism of the Boston sports world is nothing new and was at its peak when Bill Russell was the Celtics star player. When the Hall of Famer had his jersey retired, he refused to have fans present and instead held a ceremony in an empty arena with his teammates by his side. He knew the fans mistreated him, and knowing they’d be cheering him on this one time wouldn’t be an accurate representation of his 15-year stint with the Celtics.
Of course, this isn’t Irving’s first time playing the Celtics since leaving the team after two seasons– back in December of 2020, he burned sage around the TD Garden court. In the post-game interview, he explained his actions.
“It just comes from a lot of native tribes,” Irving said after the game. “Being able to sage, just cleanse the energy, make sure that we’re all balanced. When we come into this job, we come into this place, it’s not anything that I don’t do at home that I did today. I saged last game, and I plan to sage almost every game if the opposing team will allow me to.”
Irving’s return to a fan-packed Boston arena come Friday, May 28, will surely be interesting.
Twitter Reacts To Kyrie Irving Calling Out Boston For "Subtle Racism"
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Kyrie was so effected by Boston's racism that he stood in front of a crowd at the Garden and told them he wanted to stay there in October of 2018, before he and his buddy KD decided to build a superteam.— Nick Cattles (@NickCRadio) May 26, 2021
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Kendrick Perkins on Kyrie Irving’s comments about racism in Boston:— Guy Boston Sports (@GuyBostonSports) May 26, 2021
“I lived there for eight and a half years and, me personally, I never dealt with any type of racism while I was living in Boston... It’s always extra with [Kyrie].” pic.twitter.com/Nh2aaQYlni
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“If you guys will have me back, I plan on resigning here next year”— Savage (@BOSTONSPORTSB) May 26, 2021
This is why Boston will boo Kyrie Irving.
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For those questioning Kyrie’s comments on racist fans in Boston. pic.twitter.com/2eBFx5xRdC— Jac Manuell (@TheJManJBT) May 26, 2021
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Worth noting that Kyrie as a member of the Cavs had played the Celtics in the ECF prior to his trade to Boston. https://t.co/8IpZz5GvGx— CelticsLife.com (@celticslife) May 26, 2021
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When Boston fans see Kyrie at the games https://t.co/HkybSiTx7x— Stevie👑 (@steviesburner3) May 19, 2021
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I can PROMISE you, there are a thousand reasons kyrie will get boo’d in Boston and race is not a single one. https://t.co/BCsRmwDqEM— boston fanatic (@allthingsbos) May 26, 2021
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Kyrie Irving Puts “Subtle Racism” At Boston Celtics Arena On Blast, Twitter Scratches Its Head was originally published on cassiuslife.com