Some genius in the Washington Wizards’ video department came up with the not-so-brilliant idea of playing a video making fun of Kyrie Irving‘s controversial All-Star vote totals during the second quarter Wednesday night.
Wizards did spoof on jumbotron having fans who showed up wearing #Cavs apparel to say John Wall deserved to be All-Star over Kyrie Irving.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) January 7, 2016
Predictably, this backfired spectacularly.
Irving says he didn’t it take personally when John Wall recently called fan voting for the All-Star Game “a joke”; he scored 19 of his season-high 32 points in the fourth quarter of the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers’ 121-115 win.
All-Star balloting second returns just released. Kyrie remains in 2nd among E guards, increasing lead from 35k votes to 63k over Wall (5th)
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 7, 2016
Per the NEOMG:
The two have since talked it out and peace was made. They both wanted to move on from the situation. But other people within the Wizards’ organization weren’t ready to let it go.
On the Jumbotron it showed fans attending the game in Cavaliers apparel being asked in the concourse who belonged in the All-Star Game between Wall and Irving. Every single fan said Wall, and you could tell they were instructed to answer that way. […] The bit went on long enough that it got the Cavaliers’ attention from their huddle, and they didn’t take too kindly to it.
“Nah, we didn’t like it as a team. We didn’t like it at all,” guard J.R. Smith said with a stone face. “Yeah, I saw it for sure,” LeBron James chimed in. “I’ve been dealing with that my entire career.” […] It was an awkward few minutes. After the game Wizards personnel were left scratching their heads, furious with the video. “Why would they do that?” one team employee said. “That was stupid.”