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Kyrie Irving flips the bird and yells expletives at fans in Boston

The Nets star was unsurprisingly not received well when he came to Boston to play his former team. Irving was ready to give it right back to the fans, too.

Jennifer Bubel
Update:

Kyrie Irving delivered an incredible on-court performance in the NBA Eastern Conference quarterfinal matchup between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets, putting up 39 points, six assists, five rebounds and four steals. That’s not what everyone is talking about, though.

Irving’s return to Boston

There was already some anticipation about how the former Celtics player would be received in Boston going into game one. It’s not like this was Irving’s first game back in Boston since leaving the Celtics for the Nets in 2019, but his return still causes buzz and is never short on drama. In last year’s post season, he stomped on the logo in the center court. Last month, he said this about the Boston fans:

“I know it’s going to be like that the rest of my career coming in here,” said Irving, “It’s like the scorned girlfriend who wants an explanation on why I left, but still hoping for a text back. I’m just like, it was fun while it lasted.”

For game one, the No. 7 Nets traveled to Boston to take on the No. 2 Celtics and though Irving and Kevin Durant did all they could, they lost 114-113 on a buzzer beater by Jayson Tatum. Throughout the game, Irving received boos from the crowd and at one point, responded by flipping a double bird behind his head.

When the game was over, a Tiktok video shows a fan yelling, “Kyrie, you suck!” to which you can hear Irving respond, “suck my dick, bitch!”

Back in 2017, Irving was fined $25,000 for yelling that exact same thing to a Sixers fan. Apparently he has not learned his lesson, or he just simply does not care. It would seem the latter.

“When people start yelling pussy and bitch and fuck you, there’s only so much you can take as a competitor,” said Irving. “Naw, fuck that, that’s the playoffs, it is what it is. I know what to expect in here and I’m ready to give the same energy back to them.”

It seems the drama will go on. Game two will be played on Wednesday, April 20 at 7 p.m. ET in Boston.

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