Kyrie Irving‘s recent behavior towards media, calling them pawns, raised a lot of attention from many media representatives, former and current NBA players. It seems the majority of them disapprove, with Kyrie and his actions predominantly defining them as immature and something a professional athlete shouldn’t allow himself to do.
Charles Barkley condoned Kyrie’s behavior saying he truly believes there is something wrong with him. He can’t understand how making so much money playing basketball and is somewhat privileged has this toxic attitude.
I wish somebody would get in his ear. I do think there is something wrong with Kyrie. I truly believe that. I’m not joking right now,” Barkley said. “I don’t understand what his objective is. Yo man, they’re paying you $40 million; you gotta just talk to the press. You can answer the questions you want to; you got to show up and answers questions. I tell all these guys, ‘Man, we’re the luckiest dudes in the world. We make millions of dollars just playing a stupid game, and part of it is coming on radio shows, talking to the press. They got jobs to do.Charles Barkley, via Radio.com
Despite Kyrie’s recent actions, Barkley doesn’t believe he is a necessarily bad person but points out that this behavior results from a lack of guidance from someone older. Whether Kyrie consults with someone before making these statements is irrelevant because by now, he should have known better how to act according to some standards if you are a public figure.
But I think there’s something wrong with Kyrie, I really mean that, and I feel bad because I don’t think he’s a bad kid. I just think he’s never been around mature adults who told him how he was supposed to act.Charles Barkley, via Radio.com
The NBA already fined Irving and the Nets for not participating in interviews with the media representatives. This whole situation is raising only bad publicity towards him. It will be interesting to see how the Nets will sort out this situation with him because there is no way they can tolerate this for a more extended period of time. The worst thing that can happen is if the Nets management gets tired of his actions and decides to part ways with him in a trade. However, the question that presents itself then is which team will desire to take on his contract and everything Irving brings with him in terms of unprofessional behavior.