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…