Last season, Kyrie Irving caused a wave of criticism after he refused to take a shot in order to play with his team, which ultimately caused newly acquired James Harden to force his way out of town and dismantle a championship contender.
This season, Kyrie has started another wave of hate after he posted a link to a film that allegedly had antisemitic views. He refused to apologize, but would ultimately do so once he got suspended for five games. He now has to do several things to show the team he can actually come back and play basketball.
In the meantime, the Brooklyn Nets star is currently the most “hated” NBA player across the United States, according to new Twitter data.
100,000 geotagged tweets sent out since the start of the NBA season would determine that he was the most disliked NBA player in 28 states. Next up is his former teammate in LeBron James with 17 states, which is followed by his current teammate with Ben Simmons who is hated in three states.
Another teammate in Kevin Durant is next with one state while Draymond Green round out the top 5 with one state as well.
The 30-year-old, who is averaging 26.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists, is earning $36.9 million this season in the final year of his deal.
The team was doing quite well and they did all of this while missing Irving.
With Irving, the Nets won 2 games out of 8 and were 18th in offense and 29th in defense. With him gone, the team has won 4 out of 5 and is 7th in offense and 1st in defense.