Kyrie Irving and Brooklyn Nets were each fined $25,000 by the NBA because of their recent failure to comply with the league's rules regarding availability for the media. Irving said on multiple occasions he is not talking with the media anymore because, according to him, they are twisting his words and are perpetuating wrong narratives, which make him look bad in the eyes of the public. Following the fines that were issued by the NBA, Irving took to his social media accounts for a response.
In his statement, Irving quoted the political activist Malcolm X and said his main focus moving forward would be helping various communities. He doesn't want to participate in the game the media is pushing towards him and called everyone in the media 'pawns', whatever that might be.
Just recently, Stephen A.Smith went on his famous rants, saying Kyrie Irving has contractual obligations to speak with the media, but nobody will miss him if he chooses to do otherwise. It seems Irving is having his own personal battles with various media representatives for some strange reason, and it will be interesting to see how the NBA will react in this situation and whether the Brooklyn Nets can do something because Irving's reputation is already somewhat tarnished.