Kyrie, Nets both fined $35K for violating league's media access rules


Kyrie Irving’s repeated refusal to participate in postgame media availability is costing him and his team — again.

The league announced on Wednesday that both Irving and the Brooklyn Nets have been fined $35,000 each for violating the NBA’s media access rules.

The most recent instance in which Irving refused to requests to speak to the media came following Tuesday’s 124-118 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks — the Nets’ third straight loss and second straight to the Bucks.

This is the second time this season that Irving has been disciplined for violating the rule, which requires healthy players to be made available upon request to reporters before and after every game.

Irving declined several media requests back during training camp in December, which resulted in a $25,000 fine toward him and the Nets.

At the time, Irving responded on Instagram asking that the “fine money” be used toward marginalized communities before saying he “does not talk to pawns,” which was seen as a slight toward the media.

Per the CBA, half the money from player fines already goes to the NBA to distribute to its official charitable partners while the other have goes to the NBPA.

Irving later said his “boycott” was to focus on basketball.

The 29-year-old point guard is averaging 27 points, 6.3 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 49 games this season.

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