Cavs’ Irving apologizes for skipping fan event
Cavaliers All-Star guard Kyrie Irving apologized for skipping a
postgame ceremony for fans following Cleveland’s final home game on
Monday against Miami.
Irving was stripped of the ball by Norris Cole in the closing
seconds of the 96-95 loss to the Heat, who rested LeBron James and
most of their stars. Irving immediately ran off the floor and to
the locker room instead of participating in a jersey giveaway on
”Fan Appreciation Night.” All the Cavs players handed out their
game-worn jerseys and sneakers.
Irving, the league’s reigning Rookie of the Year, posted an
apology on his Twitter account for missing the event.
”I want to personally apologize to all the Cavs fans for my
actions yesterday,” Irving wrote. ”It was truly unfair to you
guys. I’m very appreciative for all of you guys. Your love and
passion for the organization and city is what pushes me to be
The Cavs initially said Irving ran to the locker room to have an
injured heel examined by trainers. However, Irving seemed upset
that reporters had been told he was hurt and the 21-year-old had an
awkward exchange with a club official.
”That’s what I have?” Irving said. ”Oh, when was someone
going to tell me that? I’m hurt again? Damn. How long am I going to
be out, 4 to 6 weeks?”
Irving has been susceptible to injuries in his first two seasons
as a pro. He missed games this season with a broken finger and
sprained shoulder. He also was sidelined most of last summer after
he broke his hand punching a padded wall during a practice.
Irving had 16 points and eight assists in Cleveland’s fifth
straight loss. On Sunday, he scored a career-low four points and
was benched in the fourth quarter along with the Cavs other
starters by embattled coach Byron Scott, who may not be back next
The Cavs (24-57) will wrap up their third straight losing season
under Scott on Wednesday in Charlotte. Following Monday’s game,
Scott said he expected to be back next season.
”I am going to be back to coach them next year,” said Scott,
who was then asked if he had been told he will return. ”I’ve got a
year left on my contract, that’s how I figure it, unless I’m told
differently. But that’s how I approach it.”