Kyrie Irving attacked the media in his latest tweets and accused them of being “puppet masters.” By doing so, he only gave them more reasons to call Irving out.
Kyrie Irving vs. the media
Irving has not had the best relationship with the media in recent years. To be clear, he is not required to have a personal relationship with them, but because of the nature of his job, the very least he can do is build a professional one. He is making things worse with some of the things he says. Irving once labeled the media “pawns” and refused to engage in post-game interviews.
A year ago, before calling them pawns, Kai was apologetic and admitted he did not handle the relationship with the media well. The flip-flopping on the issue is doing nothing to solve it. On the contrary, it only adds fuel to the fire. The media loves stories about the other side of an NBA player, what he does off the court, and how he thinks and views things.
Irving’s flat earth comments in 2018 made headlines, and he apologized in the end for it. Stuff like these gets views, likes, shares, and money for media companies. His recent tweets will only further drive the gap between him and the media.
“When I see my name or my brothers/sisters names getting spun through the media, I refer to all my research about who they are. Their job is to CONTROL PUBLIC PERCEPTION, all while profiting off discussing, discrediting, and disrespecting people’s lives for entertainment.
Irving must be willing to take the good and the bad
Irving calls out the media when he is portrayed in the wrong way. He isn’t calling them out when he agrees with what they say. Kyrie doesn't have a problem with media partnerships when the media covers his new shoes or if he donates to charities. As a public figure, he should take the good and the bad.
The Brooklyn Nets star has every right to call out the media if he thinks what they're saying isn't true. But the more he gives attention to these articles, the more they will use them against him because they deliver the profits. He could have fewer problems if he would only let the issues die a natural death, especially the baseless ones.
Sometimes, less is more, and if he wants the media not to have a field day making up stories about him, one way to solve it is to refrain from being vague and saying things that could be interpreted in different ways.