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Kyrie Irving’s dad believes Celtics fans have reason to boo

BOSTON, MA - MAY 28: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets handles the ball against the Boston Celtics during Round 1, Game 3 of the 2021 NBA Playoffs on May 28, 2021 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2021 NBAE (Photo by Brian Babineau/NBAE via Getty Images)
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Kyrie Irving’s dad, Drederick Irving, believes that Boston Celtics fans have a good reason to boo him. During game three of the Brooklyn Nets vs. Boston Celtics series, Kyrie received boos from the TD Garden crowd.

As stated by Ian Connor of the New York Post, Drederick had this to say,

“They have a right to feel that way. Kyrie said it and I’m sure he feels bad about it. He just wants to be treated as a [human being].”

Drederick Irving

However, due to wanting to be closer to home and the influence of his grandfather’s passing, Kyrie wound up signing with the Brooklyn Nets. Kyrie’s backtracking left Celtics fans with a poor impression of Kyrie and a reason to boo him.

Before heading to Boston for game three of the series, Kyrie didn’t expect a warm welcome back. He only hoped to avoid any racist remarks from fans.

“Hopefully we can just keep it strictly basketball; there’s not belligerence or racism going on. Subtle racism… I’m not the only one who can attest to this… The whole world knows it.”

Kyrie Irving

Even current Celtic player Tristan Thompson admitted that Boston fans had made racist comments about him before joining the team.

Kyrie didn’t have his usual performance during the game three loss. He finished with only 16 PTS and 6 REB on 6-17 FG and 2-6 3FG. Instead, Jayson Tatum stole the show and put up a career-high 50 PTS, along with 6 REB, 7 AST, and efficient shooting 16-30 FG, 5-11 3FG.

The Nets currently lead 2-1 in the series and are looking to bounce back in game four at the TD Garden once again.

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