Brooklyn Nets star guard Kyrie Irving made waves by declining to meet with members of the media over Zoom during the team's Media Week.

Irving released a statement explaining the rationale behind the decision:

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Kyrie Irving's statement drew different responses on social media, with some people upset at the decision and others defending him. In response to the clamor, Ashley Blackwood, the Chief Communications Officer of Irving and KAI Enterprise, clarified what his client meant by his issued statement.

Via Yahoo Sports:

“This doesn’t mean he won’t do traditional media. He has every intent on building a mutually respectful relationship with the media. This is his first attempt to communicate directly/effectively with the people who cover him the most.”

Kyrie Irving is known for his quirky demeanor and controversial opinions, which often get blown up in the media. As a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers back in 2017, the six-time All-Star made claims about the Earth being flat, which ultimately drew flak from the public.

Just recently, Irving managed to make controversial comments once again about not really needing a head coach for his looming partnership with fellow All-Star Kevin Durant. His statement was made a month after Steve Nash was instated by the Brooklyn-based squad as its new head coach for the upcoming 2020-2021 NBA season.

After coming off a shoulder injury that limited him in the previous season, Kyrie Irving will hope to utilize the decreased interaction with the media in order to regain his All-Star form and lead the Nets to title contention moving forward.