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Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  12 responses

Kyrie Irving Skipped Out on Fan Appreciation Night (UPDATED)


Following another crushing loss, a frustrated Kyrie Irving raced off the floor and did not take part in scheduled Fan Appreciation Night activities for the Cleveland Cavaliers’ final home game this season. Per the Akron Beacon Journal: “While the rest of the players lined up to hand selected fans their jerseys and shoes as part of Fan Appreciation Night, Irving immediately sprinted off the court at the buzzer and into the locker room. Irving’s quick exit left a staff member to scramble back to the locker room and gather a jersey and pair of Irving’s shoes to be handed out by someone else. Coach Byron Scott said he thought Irving was injured on the game’s final play and a team spokesman announced in the locker room just prior to Irving meeting with reporters that he had suffered a bruised right heel. Irving acted surprised upon hearing that. ‘That’s what I have? Oh, when was someone going to tell me that?’ Irving said. ‘I’m hurt again? Damn. How long am I going to be out, 4 to 6 weeks?’ Asked when he was injured, Irving said he was fine. ‘They said I have a bruised heel, but I’m fine,’ he said. ‘I felt it in the first half. Felt something in my heel, but I’m OK.’ He was healthy enough to play 36 minutes, but he couldn’t stick around five more to participate in the festivities celebrating the home finale. Asked why he ran off the court so quickly rather than stick around to hand out his shirt and shoes with everyone else, Irving said he wanted the medical staff to check out his foot.”

UPDATE: Kyrie has apologized on Twitter: “I want to personally apologize to all the Cavs fans for my actions yesterday, it was truly unfair to you guys, Im very appreciative for all Of you guys, your love and passion for the organization and city is what pushes me to be great.”

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  • http://twitter.com/MarioSerranoliv Mario Serrano

    He still should’ve thanked the fans for their support throughout the whole year. Norris Cole hurt his ego too with the steal on the potential winning shot. maybe that’s why.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    So you ditch the fans waiting to see you after the game, undermine and mock your coach and team when they try to cover your azz for ditching the fans and then cop out to the same excuse you just mocked when asked why you ditched the fans? Stay classy Kyrie.

  • Anthony Dixon

    He should just sign autographs for a free. That will be a real apology.

  • Nathaniel Wade Smith

    For what it is worth, he has apologized this morning on Twitter.

  • Max

    You’re not that kind of a superstar yet Kyrie, can’t become all douchy right now.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Best player on a bad team. End of the season. Frustrated. Apologize and all is good. Byron Scott should be gone.

  • spit hot fiyah

    in january/februaty most would have picked kyrie over d-will in the blink of an eye. over the last the month and a half d-wil<irving

  • TV63

    A little too late.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Shane-Long/580141409 Nathan Shane Long

    Dont worry Kyrie you can leave that wasteland in Cleveland in a couple years and those idiots can hate you and burn all your shit like they did Lebron

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Nathan-Shane-Long/580141409 Nathan Shane Long

    Dont worry Kyrie you can leave that wasteland in Cleveland in a couple years and those idiots in Cleveland can burn your jerseys and hate you the same way they did Lebron

  • robb

    The decision II coming soon.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    kyrie- ‘f*ck dem fans’

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