The NBA continues to be an insufferably “woke” league.
Last season’s playoffs ratings were abysmal in large part due to the persistent social justice messaging.
Now one NBA All-Star refused to play for an absurd anti-Trump reason.
The NBA has become absurdly political over the past few years.
LeBron James and other stars along with prominent coaches refused to visit the White House after winning the NBA championship.
James has also made many immoral and divisive comments such as suggesting black people are being “hunted” in America.
The league plastered “Black Lives Matter” all over the courts while encouraging players to wear “woke” slogans on the backs of their jerseys.
The height of the politicking occurred when several NBA teams boycotted playoff games in response to the police shooting of alleged rapist Jacob Blake while resisting arrest.
Now Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving purportedly sat out an NBA game to protest the Capitol Hill riot.
From The New York Post:
“A source familiar with the situation told The Post that Irving is fine physically, but was upset by the attack on the U.S. Capitol in Washington by supporters of President Donald Trump.”
The move comes as big tech and other institutions are cracking down on Trump and Republicans and conservatives more broadly.
However, there could be more to Irving’s absence from the team.
Nets coach Steve Nash has been tight-lipped about the reason for Irving’s departure from the team, which began before the Capitol Hill riot.
Nash told reporters:
“I messaged with Ky [Thursday]…I’m just going to keep [the conversation] between us…Like I said, sorry, we’re just going to keep that between us…It was a personal matter, so we’re going to keep it personal, and respect privacy.”
Whatever the reason, speculation ran rampant after Irving was spotted at a public birthday celebration for his sister and his father:
So can’t confirm nor deny if this is true but some are saying Kyrie Irving was spotted at a party last night. So tell Steve Nash we found his point guard
— George Jarjour (@GeorgeOnTap) January 12, 2021
The COVID-19 hysterics were quick to point out that Irving was at an indoor gathering without a mask and not adhering to social distancing guidelines.
Whether Irving’s absence was due to the Capitol Hill riot or not, his rationale for being away from the team looks flimsy.
The Nets were the source of controversy in the offseason when they hired Nash ahead of more experienced black coaches, something “woke” ESPN was quick to point out.
However, Irving and star teammate Kevin Durant stood up for Nash.
Nash is reluctant to throw his player under the bus, so Irving’s leave absence will remain a mystery.