It's a fact NBA players are in more spotlight these days then the players were before and the major reason for that is the accessibility of social media and almost instant coverage. Because of these reasons everything they say is under a big microscope and people interpret those things in many different ways.
Recently Stephen Curry said he doesn't believe the civilisation landed on the moon which resulted in a lot of controversy and even mean comments from other people. Curry would afterward apology for the things he said stating he was only joking.
Kyrie Irving is another star player who made a couple of statements that didn't sit really well with the public so in a recent interview at the Celtics practice said the following:
“You know, sometimes I feel like, even myself, you can speak ahead of yourself whether or not you believe it or not and you end up getting caught because you’re on this false platform of a thing where you’re not even a human being anymore. “You’re now extrapolated for all the information that you know and think and now you have to fit a mold of something that you’re clearly not. You’re more than just a basketball player that puts it in the hoop and then they, you know, subject you to being just that.
Irving thinks people are not well educated, especially through the regular school system.
“And it’s a little unfair at times. Obviously, we’re not as educated in terms of schooling, in terms of knowledge of going to schools to these universities that everyone, you know, (receives) a four-year degree in marketing or business or history or anything like that. I think probably that misjudgment is—it’s warranted, it’s natural. Everyone feels like they have a place in this world to kind of question anything or question somebody. Look at what social media’s done nowadays. Anybody can say anything on Twitter, but one thing someone says with a check next to their name (and) it’s the biggest thing going. “Nothing’s really original. It’s just history repeating itself all over again. We’ve had some people in history say some things that they’ve believed and stuck with their whole entire lives, whether they be prominent individuals in society or not. I try to not pay attention to that mold at all. I try to not pay attention to whether it’s insulting or not. I don’t live my life based on biases or judgments, nor do I base it on thinking or judging someone else for what they believe in, as well.
Irving continues to defend Stephen Curry for speaking his mind and thinks there are more important problems on this world like the world hunger. There is also the perception in the media that players are just simply jocks who should just play basketball and not have their own opinions on certain aspects of life.
“It’s society though. It’s where we live in America, where people say (expletive) all the time about one another—and it’s mean, bad, kids see it, like everyone gets a piece of it and then it’s the next story, next thing that’s coming out of someone’s mouth. There’s world hunger going on. There are, like, political things going on. There are so many higher things on the totem pole of society that matter to human beings. But, hey, Steph Curry says he doesn’t believe in the moon (landing), it’s the thing all over. It’s on CNN and they say we’re just jocks, we’re just athletes, but it’s on your channel. So, you know what I mean? We’re that, but you don’t want us to be that. And whoever you is, I don’t know that mold that you want me to fit.”