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Damian Lillard urges Kyrie Irving to speak to the media

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Portland Trail Blazers star Damian Lillard is trying urge Brooklyn NetsKyrie Irving to give up his anti-media shenanigans.

“Go do your media appearances” is what Lillard is trying to get Irving to do.

Flooding Irving’s Instagram comments with messages about it, such as “Sir, please do your media,” and “Ky bra do your media sessions,” Lillard is trying to talk some reason into the Brooklyn Nets star.

Thus far both Irving and the Nets have been fined $25,000 for Irving’s refusal to talk to the media. In a statement, the NBA mentioned how Irving had refused to make himself available multiple times over the period of a week.

“The fines result from Irving’s refusal on several occasions this week to participate in the team media availability,” the NBA said in a statement Thursday.

Irving’s refusal to talk to the media stems from his ongoing protest following the death of George Floyd in May. He along with many other NBA players, have been vocal in their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and have made multiple statements in support of social justice movements, both on and off the court.

The Nets’ enigmatic star appears to be making a statement about the media and his feeling that they don’t care about the movement. He mentioned on Instagram that he hoped the money from the fine would go to the cause while calling the media pawns.

“I pray we utilize the ‘fine money’ for the marginalized communities in need, especially seeing where our world is presently,” Irving wrote. “[I am] here for Peace, Love, and Greatness. So stop distracting me and my team, and appreciate the Art. We move different over here. I do not talk to Pawns. My attention is worth more.”

Kyrie Irving is coming off season-ending surgery on his injured shoulder.