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Celtics point guard Kyrie Irving used vulgar language when addressing a heckling fan this past Friday in Philadelphia and the NBA has fined him as a result.
The fan taunted Irving by saying, “Hey Kyrie, how’s LeBron,” with Irving yelling swear words in return.
Irving has been fined $25,000.
Per the NBA’s press release:
“Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 for using inappropriate language when responding to a fan, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations. The incident occurred at halftime of the Celtics’ 102-92 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, Oct. 20 at Wells Fargo Center.”
The Celtics have started the season 1-2, with Irving averaging 20.0 points and 5.7 assists per game on 37.3 percent shooting from the field.
Irving told reporters the next day that he doesn’t regret his actions.
“Hell no,” Irving responded when asked if he regretted his response. “If he’s man enough to record it on video, that’s on him. He got his five seconds of fame with it going viral. That’s the social media platform that we live on. I take full responsibility for what I said. Excuse (me to) the kids at home. Then you move on.
“At the end of the day, we’re human. It comes in the heat of the moment. There was frustration. We were at halftime, and we were down by four, in the environment of the season opener in Philly. Being with a young team like we have here, and staying composed, handling that before we got in the locker room, then addressing what we had to do in the locker room, then going out and handling our business and getting a ‘W’ – that’s the only thing that matters to me.
“But, like I said, I take full responsibility for what I said. I don’t have any regrets for it.”