Here’s Proof Why Kyrie’s Maskless Video Happened in 2021
- The NBA and Brooklyn Nets are investigating a video of Kyrie Irving attending a large party without wearing a face mask.
- Irving has missed the Nets’ last four games due to “personal reasons”.
- Brooklyn is 6-6 to start the year and are just 6th in the Eastern Conference which they were favored to win.
With a viral video of a mask-less Kyrie Irving currently circulating on social media, the NBA is reportedly investigating the matter to determine if Irving violated the NBA’s health and safety protocols.
Due to the pandemic, the NBA doesn’t allow its players to attend large gatherings and disallows them to attend parties at clubs. If the Kyrie video is to be believed, then Irving attended a large gathering at a club and did so without wearing a face mask. Last month, the NBA investigated another internet video showing Houston Rockets guard James Harden without a face mas while attending a Christmas party at a club. Harden was fined $50,000 for his mask-less socialization.
As for Irving, he has been missing in action during the Brooklyn Nets’ last four games, including Tuesday’s win over the Nuggets. The team has attributed his absence to “personal matters” but head coach Steve Nash previously admitted that he does not know where Irving is or why he isn’t around so there’s got to be something more than just “personal matters”.
— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) January 12, 2021
Twitter investigation suggests that the video was taken during Asia’s latest birthday celebration. According to Twitter user Rob Perez, the balloons on the background of the Kyrie video are designed as “XXX” which is the Roman numeral equivalent. The video also shows the number “30” on the cake whose candles Irving’s sister blew. Asia Irving was born on January 12, 1991 so she only turned 30 this year, regardless of whether the party was held during the weekend.
In the light of the video, the Brooklyn Nets are also doing their own investigation. In a statement released by the team, GM Sean Marks says that they are “reviewing the video to determine compliance with health and safety protocol”:
Nets GM Sean Marks on Kyrie Irving
“We are aware of the video… reviewing the circumstances with both Kyrie and the NBA in order to determine compliance with health and safety protocol.”
— Billy Reinhardt (@BillyReinhardt) January 12, 2021
If Irving is found by the league to be in violation of of health and safety protocols, ESPN analyst Marc Stein says he could be fined over $460,000 per game. But obviously, money isn’t the issue for Irving right now.
Nets 6-6 Record
— CBS New York (@CBSNewYork) January 13, 2021
With Irving missing his fourth straight game, the Nets leaned on their other star Kevin Durant to help them snap their two-game losing streak. KD had a monster game with 34 points, 13 rebounds, and nine assists as Brooklyn rallied from 18 points down to pick up their sixth win of the season. With the victory, the Nets have crawled back to the .500 mark at 6-6 on the year but they are still just in third place in the Atlantic division, which they are favored to win at +140.
The Nets are also tied with the Milwaukee Bucks with the best odds to win the Eastern Conference at +275 at BetOnline but right now, Brooklyn is just 7th in the conference team standings. The season is still very young though and there are still plenty of game left for the Nets to live up to their preseason hype. However, with each passing game that Irving doesn’t play is a missed opportunity to build the chemistry that helps win NBA titles.
Brooklyn has one of the best 1-2 punch duos in the NBA in Durant and Irving. Oddsmakers, fans, and experts believed that a healthy KD and Kyrie would make the Nets one of the top contenders for the title this season. However, Irving’s off-court antics hasn’t only hurt them on the court, it is starting to become a distraction that’s too big to be ignored.