Kyrie Irving
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Kyrie Irving bypassed the Brooklyn Nets’ preseason media session this year and issued a statement to the reporters entering the training camp.

(via RealGM)

“COVID-19 has impacted us all in many ways, so I pray for the safety and health of our communities domestically and abroad. I am truly excited for the season to start and I am also praying that everyone remains safe and healthy throughout this journey,” Irving wrote in the statement. “Instead of speaking to the media today, I am issuing this statement to ensure that my message is conveyed properly:

“I am committed to show up to work everyday, ready to have fun, compete, perform, and win championships alongside my teammates and colleagues in the Nets organization. My goal this season is to let my work on and off the court speak for itself. Life hit differently this year and it requires us, it requires me, to move differently. So, this is the beginning of that change.”

During the course of Irving’s nine seasons in the NBA, the Nets’ superstar faced criticism due to several controversial comments. However, Irving claimed multiple times that his statements were not conveyed properly through the media.

There’s no word yet from the Nets, the NBA or the Professional Basketball Writers Association on Irving’s decision to go on season-long media “blackout”.