Duke basketball: Kyrie Irving fined maximum amount for obscene gestures

Duke basketball guard Kyrie Irving (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Duke basketball guard Kyrie Irving (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /

Former Duke basketball star guard Kyrie Irving has finally been fined by the NBA. 

It was only a matter of time before the NBA officially entered the pockets of former Duke basketball guard Kyrie Irving after his actions during Game 1 of the First Round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

Irving was seen flipping off fans multiple times during the Brooklyn Nets’ 115-114 loss to the Boston Celtics on Sunday, and it is going to cost him a hefty check.

The NBA has fined Kyrie Irving the maximum of $50,000, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports.

The former Blue Devil has a long history with the fans of Boston dating back to his days as a member of the Celtics.

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Kyrie Irving told the fans prior to the 2018-19 season that he would sign an extension with the iconic franchise before he eventually bolted for Brooklyn with Kevin Durant that offseason.

Celtic fans have clearly not forgotten or forgiven the New Jersey native for his actions or comments and have been vicious against the All-NBA guard each time he enters the TD Garden.

Irving did not help himself in the eyes of the fans last postseason when he was seen stomping on the Boston logo at center court after a Nets victory to take command of the series, three games to one.

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However, the 11-year veteran thrives on the biggest stage and in the hostile environments as he poured in 39 points, five rebounds, six assists, and four steals in Game 1 of the series. But he was overshadowed by Jayson Tatum’s buzzer-beating layup.

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Kyrie Irving went for 34 points in Brooklyn’s Play-In victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers and has registered performances of 50 and 60 points this season during a three-game span in March.

There will be no shortage of fireworks when Irving and the Nets take the floor in Boston for Game 2 of the series on Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. EST (TNT).

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