Kyrie Irving Fined 25K – A Different Perspective

The NBA announced today that Kyrie has been fined $25k for using inappropriate language toward a fan. The incident occurred last Friday in Philadelphia just as halftime was beginning in the game vs the 76ers. Here is Kyrie from the other day:

 

 

According to the U.S Census Bureau the average income for a single tax filing person was $34,940 just two years ago. Let’s move past the fact that pro athlete salaries are astronomical and the fine is unthinkable to comprehend to the average American citizen, but where is the blame here?

Is it…

  1. Kyrie for verbally retaliating to a fan
  2. The fan for the comment, recording it and posting it
  3. Social Media
  4. The NBA Rules of Conduct
  5. The NBA fine and/or amount
  6. All of the above
  7. None of the above

It could be a part of everything or it could be none of it. I believe that every person has the right to their opinion and the freedom of expression.

Can anyone blame Kyrie for responding to a comment about Lebron that he has probably heard a million times over the past month?

Can anyone really say, whether they are a professional athlete or not, that they can always ignore people that are yelling comments at you? Criticizing you? Verbally abusing you? I don’t believe so…