Kyrie Irving will not be eating turkey today.
Following the Celtics’ 117-109 loss to the Knicks in Boston on Wednesday night, the 26-year-old point guard offered an explicit response after thanking a reporter who wished him a Happy Thanksgiving.
“I don’t celebrate that s—,” Irving said. “F — k Thanksgiving.”
He later explained his feelings on the holiday stem from his Native American heritage, according to Mass Live.
Hours after setting the internet ablaze, Irving addressed his fiery words Thursday on Twitter.
Meant no disrespect to the Holiday and those who celebrate it respectfully. I’m grateful for the time We all can share with our families. We are always ONE. 🔺👁— Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving)
Irving’s late mother, Elizabeth Larson, was a descendant from the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. Though she was adopted out of the tribe at a young age, Irving has embraced traditions.
In August, Irving took part in a naming ceremony with the tribe in Cannon Ball, North Dakota, where he was given the name “Little Mountain.”
“There was a certain point in my life where I had come almost at a crossroads with my dad, my sister, my friends, my grandparents, and I had no idea kind of what direction to go into because I had lost the sense of a foundation,” Irving told ESPN’s Brian Windhorst in August. “Knowing my mum passed and left me such a powerful, empowering family such as Standing Rock … to be a part of it now, this is family for life.”
Kyrie Irving “hates” Thanksgiving…or does he? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/NVybrT5SY4— Old Player Tweets (@OldPlayerTweets)
This isn’t the first time Irving has criticised a holiday. Last December, he stated he didn’t understand the hype surrounding Christmas.
“The hoopla on Christmas, I don’t really get into that. I don’t necessarily think of Christmas as a holiday,” reported The Athletic.