Report: NBA hands down punishment for Kyrie Irving’s violation of health and safety protocols

Brad Sullivan
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Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA has come down hard on Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, fining him $50,000 for violating the league’s health and safety protocols.

Irving has been a beacon for controversy in recent weeks and was seen on video not wearing a mask at a family member’s birthday party last weekend. In addition, his overall attitude has been called into question after he sat out games because of a lack of motivation.

Those actions by Irving have led some to raise concerns about his well being and come at a time when the Nets are adding James Harden to their lineup.

The NBA’s fine of Irving is a relatively modest penalty, given the fact that he’s being paid $33.46 million for the 2020-21 season. However, his actions may potentially have a damaging effect on the Nets chances of competing for an NBA title.

Prior to these controversies, Irving was averaging 27.1 points, 6.1 assists, 5.3 rebounds and 1.6 steals in the seven games that he’s played this season.

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Brad has written on a variety of both NBA and NFL topics and has worked previously as a sports information director at the collegiate level. A lifetime fan of sports, he's witnessed countless great moments in different sports and understands that stories can be compelling from both the perspective of winners and losers. As a frustrated fan of Cleveland sports, he experienced something unprecedented when the Cavaliers won the city's first championship in 52 years.