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After missing third game for ‘personal reasons,’ video surfaces of Kyrie Irving attending maskless party

© Brad Penner | 2021 Jan 3

What’s going on with Kyrie Irving?

That’s been a common refrain over the years, a question asked in response to everything from rambling posts on Instagram to his theories about the Earth’s shape. Now we’re asking it related to his absence from the Brooklyn Nets, which has lasted three games, and is expected to last at least two more.

Irving has been officially away from the team for “personal reasons,” pointing to something serious. It’s extremely rare for a player to away from his team for a non-injury for this long during an NBA season, even for someone prone to bizarre behavior like Irving.

But that’s why it shouldn’t come as a shock that some bizarre behavior has surfaced. A video posted to social media appears to show a maskless Irving attending a large birthday gathering for his sister, Asia. The venue appears to be in Irving’s hometown of West Orange, NJ. Reportedly both Irving’s father and sister have birthdays this week.

Now the NBA is investigating the video, as the league’s COVID-19 guidelines forbid players from going to clubs, bars and lounges. They also ban attending social gatherings of more than 15 people.

If Irving is found to be in violation of the league’s COVID protocols, he will be fined 1/72 of his salary for every game missed.

Is there something else going on here we don’t know about, or did Kyrie Irving decided to take two weeks off to celebrate his dad’s and sister’s birthdays?


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