NBA’s Kyrie Irving slams ‘ungrateful motherf******’ after courtside heckles

Sports fans can be a fickle bunch, a sensation Kyrie Irving felt first-hand when he got into an exchange with a Cleveland Cavaliers supporter in his latest return to Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.

Irving, 29, was drafted No. 1 overall by the Cavs in 2011 when he made his much-anticipated move to the professional level, helping the franchise win its sole NBA championship in 2016.

He left Cleveland to join the Boston Celtics a year later and spent two seasons in Massachusetts before signing for the Brooklyn Nets in 2019.

It's only been five years since Irving teamed up with the likes of Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, J.R. Smith and Finals MVP LeBron James to beat the Golden State Warriors in 2016, but some legacies don't last the distance.

That much was true for at least one home fan in attendance as Cleveland defeated Irving's Nets 114-107 on Monday, who appeared to ask the seven-time NBA All-Star mid-game: "Kyrie, you need LeBron?"

“Got y’all a championship and motherf****** still ungrateful" was the abrupt response from Irving, who appeared incredulous as to how some could forget his contributions for the Cavaliers.

Cleveland made three consecutive trips to the NBA Finals in each of Irving's last three seasons in the city and faced the Warriors in each, but the 4-3 series win of 2016 was their only triumph.

James in fact helped the Cavs reach four successive season-deciding series between 2015 and 2018, a remarkable achievement considering the franchise had never before even made back-to-back Finals.

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Irving—who is unvaccinated and can only play road fixtures due to a ban on unjabbed players in New York—impressed despite Monday's loss and finished with 27 points, seven rebounds and nine assists.

When he was once again asked about his vaccine status after the defeat, Irving told reporters: “I’m not bringing science into the basketball.

“Everyone’s feeling what’s going on in the real world. I’m walking around as an unvaccinated person. I’ve already been separated into another group of community. I’m just saying to everybody, I’m human. I have decisions to make, I have a family to take care of."

The former Duke prospect has remained staunch in his opposition against the Covid-19 vaccine and previously received support from boxing legend Floyd Mayweather.

'Money' defended Irving's right to 'freedom' despite certain states making the vaccine necessary for pro athletes, publishing a video in October when he said: "You only want to be treated fairly.

"I was going to post something on my social media pages but I decided to do it the old-school way and read something out to you because you're a great person, a great father, a great athlete and you believe what you believe.

"America is the land of the free; freedom of speech, freedom of religion and, supposedly, freedom to choose. Never be controlled by money, I respect you for having some integrity and for being your own man."

While he may not be able to impact Brooklyn's home fortunes, Irving can contribute as the Nets embark on a run of road games against the Washington Wizards, San Antonio Spurs and Minnesota Timberwolves.

The franchise has reached the NBA play-offs in each of the past three campaigns and is on course to make it four in a row for the first time in 15 years as they lead the Eastern Conference's Atlantic Division.

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