Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls out Kyrie Irving: 'He'd be dismissed as a comical buffoon if it weren't for his influence over young people'

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls out Kyrie Irving: 'He'd be dismissed as a comical buffoon if it weren't for his influence over young people'

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar calls out Kyrie Irving: 'He'd be dismissed as a comical buffoon if it weren't for his influence over young people'

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Kyrie Irving would be dismissed as a comical buffoon if it weren’t for his influence over young people who look up to athletes. When I look at some of the athletes who have used their status to actually improve society—Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, Muhammad Ali, Bill Russel, Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, and more—it becomes clear how much Irving has tarnished the reputations of all athletes who strive to be seen as more than dumb jocks.
Source: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar @ Substack

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Ian Begley @IanBegley
Nets say Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Joe Harris and Nic Claxton will start tonight. – 7:03 PM
Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Brooklyn Nets are starting Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant and Nic Claxton in tonight’s preseason game against Philadelphia 76ers. – 7:01 PM
Anthony Puccio @APOOCH
Ay look man, idc if it’s preseason or what. we get to watch Kevin Durant hoop tonight. And Kyrie Irving. And Ben Simmons. – 6:40 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Steve Nash on minutes for KD, Kyrie and Ben Simmons: “I don’t want to overburden them… somewhere in that 15-20 minute range.” #Nets5:54 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Steve Nash says KD, Kyrie & Ben Simmons will log 15-20 minutes each. #Nets5:53 PM
Keith Pompey @PompeyOnSixers
The #Nets starters will be Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant, Joe Harris and Nic Claxton. – 5:52 PM
Barbara Barker @meanbarb
Nets starters are Ben, Kyrie, KD, Nic Claxton and Joe Harris. pic.twitter.com/74TML4hWst5:51 PM

Nick Friedell @NickFriedell
Nash says his starters tonight are: KD, Kyrie, Simmons, Joe Harris and Nic Claxton. – 5:51 PM
Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
Nash says the Nets will start Joe Harris and Nic Claxton with Ben Simmons, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving. – 5:50 PM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Ben Simmons, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Joe Harris and Nic Claxton will start for the Nets tonight against the 76ers – 5:50 PM
Ky Carlin @Ky_Carlin
Per Steve Nash, the starting lineup for the #Nets is Kyrie Irving, Ben Simmons, Joe Harris, Kevin Durant, and Nic Claxton – 5:50 PM
Brian Lewis @NYPost_Lewis
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rips Kyrie Irving over Alex Jones video #Nets nypost.com/2022/10/03/kar… via @nypostsports1:44 PM
Adam Zagoria @AdamZagoria
Now on @njdotcom
Kareem rips Kyrie as ‘destructive and insensitive’ over Alex Jones video, says sponsors should drop him nj.com/nets/2022/10/k…11:29 AM
Kristian Winfield @Krisplashed
Kyrie Irving getting some post work done during Nets shootaround pic.twitter.com/8DT7pdK1it10:41 AM

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
I almost never step out to wager on NBA Exhibition games – rotations are unpredictable, you never know who will be out there late – but a few of Sunday’s scores are interesting: HOU 134 SA 96, TOR 114 UTAH 82, BOS 134 CHA 93. Nets host 76ers tomorrow..KD, Kyrie, Simmons to play.. – 9:59 PM
Alex Schiffer @Alex__Schiffer
Seth Curry and TJ Warren are both out for tomorrow preseason opener against Philly. Ben Simmons, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant are good to go. – 6:12 PM

More on this storyline

Tim Bontemps: Nets coach Steve Nash says preseason is “a little more important” to Brooklyn than other teams, given how little this team has played together. Said he’s excited to see Ben Simmons, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving all play together tonight. -via Twitter @TimBontemps / October 3, 2022
Kevin Durant likes tweet implying Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is hypocritical for calling out Kyrie Irving. -via reddit / October 3, 2022
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Irving does not seem to have the capacity to change, but we have the capacity to keep fighting against his brand of destructive behavior. One way to do that, beyond shaking our heads and nasty tweets, is to write to his sponsors and tell them to drop Irving—or you will drop them. Nike has likely decided not to renew his contract past this season. But he is still sponsored by Pepsi and 2K Sports. (Don’t feel bad for Irving: his career earnings at the end of the 2022-’23 season will be $230 million. That buys a lot of Yes-people.) -via Substack / October 3, 2022

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