In a just world, players would be able to trash talk fans with impunity
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A.J. Reilly: But man, do we have a little bit of dare I say bitterness? Dare I say, hatred being spewed in this series between the Brooklyn Nets and the Boston Celtics and boy, oh boy, did Kyrie Irving put himself right in the middle of it?
Ryan Griffin: Yeah. I love it. He was already going to be in the middle of it anyway. So I guess just embrace it when it comes to you.
But I love it. Team Kyrie, and this one, the fans are saying F-you, the fans are giving him the same gestures that he’s given them. Kyrie giving it back to them, it’s what the fans want. They want that acknowledgement, that the athlete can hear you, that what you’re saying is doing whatever to them.
On top of that, Kyrie played a hell of a game one. He played amazing. And the Celtics still pulled out the victory on a last second, lay up. Not that everybody went home happy, but the Celtics fans got what they wanted. Kyrie was able to prove, at least for the first game, that all that trying to get in his head stuff didn’t work.
He was out there and he was out there killing them regardless. Honest to God, I think we need more of this in not just basketball, but in sports in general, not to where you’re going to cross the line and let go physically harm somebody. But if you’re in the front row and you’re yelling things at athletes, as long as those things can’t get you kicked out.
And I’ve seen that before. If you’re going to say something, if there’s a line that’s crossed, then yeah, get out of there. But if you’re just out there shouting out F’s and B’s words or whatever, and you’re only directing it at the player, let it fly. And if they talk back to you, that’s just part of the game.
A.J. Reilly: I don’t know, man. I don’t know if I can say I want to see more of it in sports. If you move that line, then you come up next to the line, then you’re going to move that line further. And then you’re going to move that line further. And to me coming from my background, education, all that kind of stuff.
When a fan is a chairman like that, it’s like the kid in the classroom, that’s just seeking negative attention. They want to be acknowledged in any way that they can be acknowledged at all. Kyrie, in a sense, though, he did drop 39 on them and had a great game one, he let those fans win by reacting that way. You know what I’m saying?
I’ve always been a proponent and maybe this makes me an old man but I’ve always been a proponent of, anybody can run their mouth but your game should speak louder than your words. So for him to react like that. Let them chirp, let them say whatever there, those guys are sitting in those seats for a reason, right?
They’re not on the court. They’re dealing with their own set of insecurities that let them deal with those insecurities and just go dominate their team. They’re not going to have much to say after that, what can they say?
To me when I saw it, I was like, man, I get why it happened and I’m not even really mad at Kyrie because you get it, you have a certain level of tolerance for this kind of stuff. But at the end of the day, it’s just a bad look.
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