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Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving fined $50,000 for flipping off Boston Celtics fans in Boston, Massachusetts

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Kyrie Irving, 30, has been a Brooklyn Nets guard since 2019. He played for the Boston Celtics from 2017 to 2019.

On April 17, 2022, the Boston Celtics defeated the Brooklyn Nets 115-115 in Game 1 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. During the game, Irving flipped off Boston Celtics fans on two occasions.

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After a successful jump shot in the third quarter, Irving flashed his middle finger at the crowd. Midway through the fourth quarter, he wrapped his hands behind head and directed two middle fingers toward the crowd.

“When people start yelling ‘p—y’ or ‘b—-‘ and ‘f— you’ and all this stuff, there’s only but so much you take as a competitor,” ESPN quoted Irving as saying. “We’re the ones expected to be docile and be humble, take a humble approach, f— that, it’s the playoffs. This is what it is.”

On April 19, 2022, National Basketball Association president of league operations Byron Spruell announced that said Irving was being fined $50,000 for making obscene gestures on the playing court and directing profane language toward the spectator stands.

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Born in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Irving played basketball for Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, New Jersey, USA in his freshman and sophomore years in high school. He later moved to St. Patrick High School in Hillside, New Jersey where he also played basketball.

From 2010 to 2011, Irving attended Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, USA where he continued his career as a basketball player. In 2011, he joined the Cleveland Cavaliers, marking his NBA debut.

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