Kyrie Irving Has NSFW Response to NBA Restart Plan and Says He's 'Willing to Give up Everything' for Social Reform

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Brooklyn Nets PG Kyrie Irving | Mike Stobe/Getty Images

The recent spike of positive coronavirus cases in Florida coupled with the ongoing civil unrest in response to the murder of George Floyd has prompted dozens of NBA players to become skeptical of the league's plan to resume the currently-suspended season in Orlando in late July.

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, Kyrie Irving was a vocal proponent of this apprehension during a Friday conference call with more than 80 players, which included union president Chris Paul and teammate Kevin Durant, and unleashed some strong words about putting an end to systemic racism.

The Brooklyn Nets point guard is renowned for his fixation with conspiracy theories, so he probably could've used refrained from saying "something smells a little fishy." The NBA and its top players probably wouldn't approve the proposed blueprint if it felt that it would risk the health of players or be a bad look for race relations.

Now, back to to the matter at hand.

On the hour-long call, the players reportedly discussed the possibility of sitting out the restart as they believe it would send a poor message during these heightened social tensions. Irving believes that resuming the campaign would result in the country becoming more concerned with the outcome of games than continuing protesting racial oppression.

Irving makes a fair point here, but something tells us that the NBA's return wouldn't thwart the urgency of the protests. Maybe three or four years ago, but the demonstrations definitely carry a seemingly unwavering vibe this time around. With that being said, the six-time All-Star deserves credit for taking a stand, and it appears this is going to be highly debated in the next few days or weeks.