The NBA is one big brotherhood and the NBA Players’ Association was established many years ago with this exact notion in mind. This is also what the players’ union has exhibited now that NBPA vice president Jaylen Brown announced their decision to appeal the Brooklyn Nets’ decision to suspend Kyrie Irving and the team’s terms for his reinstatement.
According to Brown, the NBPA will do what they can to help Irving come out of this situation as soon as possible:
“I’ve been talking to Kyrie,” Brown told Gary Washburn of the Boston Globe. “I’ve talked to Adam, I talked to Tamika, I’ve talked to pretty much everybody about this situation.
“But I’m expecting the NBPA to appeal the suspension from Brooklyn. The terms, etc., that went into his return. The terms for his return, they seem like a lot, and a lot of the players expressed discomfort with the terms.”
The Nets initially slapped Irving with a five-game suspension amid his antisemitic scandal. The team then announced that they would only allow Kyrie to return if he was able to satisfy a very specific list of requirements. As he said in his statement above, Brown does not agree with the said terms, and it is clear that the Celtics star intends to use his power as the NBPA vice president to assist Irving in this ordeal.
It is worth noting that Kyrie Irving is also an executive committee member of the NBPA. Union president CJ McCollum has likewise already spoken out about the issue at hand and while he criticized the Nets star’s actions, he too offered his support for the embattled Nets superstar.