RUMOR: Jayson Tatum, Celtics players blasted for ‘alarming’ non-reaction to Kyrie Irving logo stomp
One of the biggest controversies to come out of the first-round series between the Boston Celtics and the Brooklyn Nets was the incident involving Kyrie Irving disrespectfully stomping on the Celtics logo in the TD Garden. This caused quite an uproar among the Celtics faithful, but evidently, the Boston players themselves lacked the same strong reaction towards Irving’s antics.
According to reports, the Celtics organization saw this non-reaction from their own players as “alarming” considering the level of disrespect exhibited by Irving (h/t The Athletic):
A source said the Celtics players’ flippant response to Irving’s logo stomp came across as a “red flag they did not exhibit the same sense of pride in the organization that has been the Celtics’ calling card in years past.”
Now that this issue has been brought forward, it does make you think about how not a single Celtics player spoke out about Irving’s mockery. A number of former players blasted Irving for his actions, but players like Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown, and the rest of the team pretty much let it fly.
Does the fact that they used to be teammates with Kyrie Irving have something to do with this? For his part, Tatum himself has said on multiple occasions that he remains good friends with the Nets star to this very day, which could have played a role in the lack of animosity.
At the end of the day, we all know that the NBA is one big brotherhood and that they all look out for each other. However, you have to draw the line somewhere, right?