“They called Kyrie Irving an IDIOT,” 4 x NBA Champ belittles Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley for disrespecting Nets star
Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley, John Salley
John Salley voiced his opinion on Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley calling Kyrie Irving an “idiot” during the whole scandal last month. Salley claimed that it’s easy to write someone off when characterized as such, despite the fact that they don’t exactly appreciate the Brooklyn Nets player. Barkley reacted angrily to Kyrie Irving’s scandal last month, and O’Neal was dissatisfied with the NBA’s first decision to not punish him.
When he played in the NBA last month, Kyrie Irving was one of the most divisive athletes in the world. The problematic storyline involving Irving and his promotion of an anti-Semitic film drew many criticisms. But things began to change for Uncle Drew once he took all of the appropriate steps to rejoin his profession after he issued an apology. Before his suspension, two powerful NBA figures were upset about Kyrie’s actions.
On ‘Inside the NBA,’ former NBA superstars Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley discussed Irving and labeled him as an ‘idiot.’ Former NBA champion John Salley was not pleased with what they said and expressed his displeasure in a recent interview. Salley slammed Shaq and Chuck during an appearance on ‘VladTV.’
In the interview, Salley stated: “When they called Kyrie an idiot, they didn’t look at everything. They just looked at it, had a quick response, and said it and got out of a worm.” He also said: I think they were wrong for that; I don’t think they should have said that.”
The controversy that surrounded Kyrie Irving for a whole month
Kyrie Irving, who has 4.6 million Twitter followers and 17.6 million Instagram followers, shared a link to the 2018 film “Hebrews to Negroes: Wake Up Black America” before deleting the tweet. Based on the same-named book, the film felt disturbing, and some have claimed that both the book and the film had antisemitic themes. After much discussion, the Nets decided to suspend Kyrie for five games without pay after receiving criticism from other players, analysts, and league authorities.
Kyrie Irving and ESPN’s Nick Friedell clashed after Friedell questioned Irving about promoting the documentary following providing the link to it. With the help of The Anti-Defamation League, Irving and the Brooklyn Nets committed to donating $500,000 to individuals and causes that aim to reduce violence and oppression in society, but their proposal was ultimately voted down after Kyrie was given multiple chances to apologize. The absence of an apology from Irving irritated both NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Nets owner Joe Tsai.
Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley’s comments on the controversy
Charles Barkley claimed that the league made a mistake by not taking action against Irving, and this is what he stated: “I think he should have been suspended. I think Adam should have suspended him. Adam is Jewish. You can’t take my $40 million and insult my religion… I think the NBA made a mistake. We have suspended and fined people who have made homophobic slurs…”
He also added: “It hurts me sometimes when we have to sit up here to talk about stuff that divides the game. That we gotta answer for what this idiot has done.”