Kyrie Irving: There was an overload of judgement with Ja Morant
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Kyrie Irving reveals he offered some words of encouragement to Ja Morant after they shared a moment following the Dallas Mavericks and Memphis Grizzlies game. On Sunday, the Mavericks suffered a 112-108 loss on the road against the Grizzlies.
Morant didn't suit up for the Grizzlies but he was in the arena as he and Irving shared a moment after the game. Later, Irving was asked to reveal what what his message to Morant. "I believe any hardship in life builds character and when you're dealing with particular hardships in the public eye, especially with the media being attracted to keeping up with what we're doing or what's the next kind of grab or story.
I don't want to assume anything by every media member, but that's just the way it seems from me and my perspective," Irving said, per Sports Illustrated.
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"There was an overload of judgment with Ja, and there was an overload of judgment of what I had going on.
And there's usually an overload of judgment from the public court of opinion, so with that working hand in hand and we're such a public league, we're going to deal with situations that may be very difficult for the person going through it but I think that's why we stretch our hands out to one another to be there for each other," Irving said.
In early November - while Irving was still playing for the Brooklyn Nets - he was suspended for promoting a film full of antisemitic material. At that time, Irving faced a lot of backlash for his actions and many were critical of the star guard.
After Morant flashed a gun in a nightclub earlier this month, the Grizzlies star also received lots of criticism for his actions. Morant's eight-game suspension has come to an end and he is expected to return to action this week.