While his Nets teammates were preparing to battle the Nuggets on Tuesday night, Kyrie Irving was spending his time on a Zoom call with supporters of Manhattan district attorney candidate Tahanie Aboushi.
Irving, who has missed Brooklyn’s past four games for “personal reasons,” was seen at the virtual event along with former New York gubernatorial candidate and “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon. Aboushi tweeted out a screenshot from the call, which showed the six-time All-Star in attendance under the name “Kai Irving.”
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The event began at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The Nets and Nuggets tipped off at the Barclays Center around 7:30 p.m. ET.
This marks the second time the capricious point guard has caused a stir on social media this week. The NBA is conducting an investigation into a video of a maskless Irving celebrating at what appears to be a family birthday party, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews. If the video is confirmed to be recent, Irving may have to quarantine in accordance with the NBA’s COVID-19 guidelines.
Nets general manager Sean Marks addressed the video and Irving’s status with the following statement:
“We are aware of a video on social media featuring Kyrie Irving at a family gathering. We are reviewing the circumstances with both Kyrie and the NBA in order to determine compliance with health and safety protocols. Kyrie remains away from the team due to personal reasons. A date of his return has yet to be finalized. In the meantime, we will continue to stay focused on our organizational goals. Kyrie will have the opportunity to address his absence when he is ready to do so.”
Brooklyn defeated Denver 122-116 behind a stellar performance from Kevin Durant (34 points, 13 assists, nine rebounds), who has declined to comment on Irving’s absence.
“I won’t speak about Kyrie. I’ll let him do that for himself,” Durant said Sunday. “I’m sure you guys will see him soon, whenever he comes back, and we support him 100 percent and pray for the best.”