By Chineze Ogugua
Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has been fined $25,000 after he admitted to using an inappropriate language towards a fan.
In a video that circulated on social media after Friday’s game, a fan is heard shouting, “Kyrie, where’s LeBron?” as Celtics players walked down their tunnel to the visitors’ locker room at halftime. Irving appears to look up toward the fan before offering a profane response.
When asked if he was remorseful over his actions. He replied:
“Hell no, the fan was man enough to record it on video, then that’s all him. I’m glad he got his social media name out there and then, kinda, five seconds of fame and it going viral. That’s the social media platform we live on. I take full responsibility for what I said and excuse to the kids at home and you move on.
“At the end of the day, we’re human. It’s in heat of the moment, and frustrations arise. We were at halftime, we were down by four, in an environment, a season opener in Philly. Being with a young team like we have here and staying composed, handling that before we go in the locker room and addressing what we have to do in the locker room and going out and handling business and getting the W, that’s really the only thing that matters to me.
“It’s up to the league at this point. But like I said, I’m going to take full responsibility for what I said. I don’t have any regrets for it.”
The Celtics lost Irving’s strike partner Gordon Hayward to a fractured ankle in the game.
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