The saga of Kyrie Irving’s absence from the Brooklyn Nets appears to have taken another turn.
Irving has, of course, been away from the Brooklyn Nets since last Thursday for “personal reasons,” but was seen on video posted on social media attending a large family birthday gathering this past weekend without a mask on - a violation of the NBA's desired COVID-19 protocols, and a situation the league announced it is looking into.
Irving was again prominent on social media on Tuesday night, as the below tweet, sent by Manhattan District Attorney candidate Tahani Aboushi, appears to show Irving – listed in the chat as “Kai Irving” – attending a virtual Zoom call for what Aboushi called “an organizing program launch.”
Irving has been a leading voice within the NBA in the fight for social justice throughout his career, but this call attendance comes just hours after Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks issued a statement that simply said the team was aware of the party video, and that Kyrie would remain away from the team indefinitely but “have the opportunity to address his absence when he is ready to do so.”
It also came, however, at a time when his teammates were working – this Zoom call apparently began at 7 p.m. Tuesday night, just 30 minutes before the Nets and Nuggets tipped off at Barclays Center.
Aboushi, who earned her J.D. from Syracuse in 2009 and works for a family law firm in Brooklyn, is running for Manhattan District Attorney on a platform to, according to her website, "fundamentally transform our justice system from one that thrives off the mass criminalization of people of color suffering from social inequities to one that keeps us safe by investing resources into communities."
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