NBA star Kyrie Irving forced to apologize after saying ‘F— Thanksgiving’

Kyrie Irving (Photo source: [email protected])

Kyrie Irving, star of the Boston Celtics, caught backlash after sharing his thoughts on the Thanksgiving holiday.

After the Celtics’ loss to the New York Knicks on Thanksgiving Eve, Irving left a press conference and a reporter wished him a happy Thanksgiving.

Irving said “thanks” to the reporter but revealed that he does not celebrate Thanksgiving. He ended the conversation by telling the reporter, “F—k Thanksgiving.”

Irving could possibly have issues with Thanksgiving because of his family’s heritage. His grandmother was a member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, and his late mother, Elizabeth Irving, was adopted out of the tribe when she was a child.

Irving has the Standing Rock Sioux Tribal logo on the back of his neck and went through a naming ceremony with the tribe along with his sister.

Following Irving’s statement, he was ridiculed by some on social media.

Irving eventually apologized for his statement on Twitter.

“I spoke with frustration after last night’s game and spoke words that shouldn’t be in a professional setting no matter what,” Irving wrote on his Twitter account. “Meant no disrespect to the Holiday and those who celebrate it respectfully. I’m grateful for the time We all can share with our families. We are always ONE. (sic)”

While initially catching flack, Irving also received some support.

 

A.R. Shaw
A.R. Shaw

A.R. Shaw is an author and journalist who documents culture, politics, and entertainment. He has covered The Obama White House, the summer Olympics in London, and currently serves as Lifestyle Editor for Rolling Out magazine. Follow his journey on Twitter @arshaw and Instagram @arshaw23.

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