Austin Rivers Calls Out Kyrie Irving Over BLM Comments
Houston Rockets guard Austin Rivers called out Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving over his Black Lives Matter comments.
Late Friday, Irving reportedly urged NBA players to take a stand and not resume the season because of all the issues currently going in America – ranging from protests against racial injustice to COVID-19.
Irving suggested that he was willing to sacrifice whatever was necessary to stand by his principles.
Rivers responded to Irving by suggesting that it was easier for him to make sacrifices because he has made so much more money than the average NBA player.
“Trying to find the correlation. Us coming back would be putting money in all our pockets,” Rivers wrote on Instagram.
“With this money you could help out even more people and continue to give more importantly your time and energy towards the BLM movement. Which I’m 100% on board with. Because change needs to happen and injustice has been going on too long,” he added.
“Us (providing) entertainment and hope for kids is important. Also keeping some kids indoors and watching basketball games on TV instead of maybe going out and getting into trouble (due to the unfair and unequal environments a lot of African-American kids are placed in) is important too,” he continued. “Not saying basketball is a cure for that, but basketball can maybe provide a distraction.”
It will be interesting to see if the NBA season ultimate returns as planned. It seems like players are presently pretty divided on the matter.