Kyrie Irving is no stranger to fan interactions.
His famous NSFW response to a heckler last season asking where LeBron James was made headlines and was talked about throughout the year. While his interaction was humorous more than anything, it’s nothing compared to how heated Russell Westbrook’s heated altercationearlier this week.
Westbrook and a Utah Jazz fan had a colorful exchange that resulted in a fine for the Oklahoma City Thunder star, while the Jazz fan was banned for life from Vivint Smart Home Arena. Every fan base has hecklers, and players are well aware of that — especially on the road. But Irving had a long, thought-out response to Westbrook’s interaction, saying it happens quite a bit — just not always on camera.
His response comes with a NSFW warning.
“It happens so often and most of the time doesn’t get documented,” Irving said. “I think this is one of the first times it actually got caught on camera and you caught a player responding like that on camera. and it’s no justification on either side who’s right who’s wrong, but at the same time we’re trying to protect the league that goes about being compassionate for the players, being compassionate for their fans, the interaction, being very, very passionate about your team, your home team, and who you root for, the players, it’s a big thing.