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Keri Irving and ESPN analyst Stephen A. Smith on Tuesday following the Brooklyn Nets star’s decision to sign up for the final year of his four-year contract.
Smith initially gave his heated view on Irving’s decision to sign up for the final year of his $36.9 million deal.
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“I think he’s a performer too, huh. So you have to go to work. You have to go out there and make that money,” Smith said on Monday, adding that his more lucrative options will start to appear when he “starts coming to work.”
Irving then contacted Smith on Twitter and wrote to the commentator to “explain itself”.
“You have to explain yourself to people of your generation. I’m not about 50 or older who talk and act like you, so this is new to me. But I’m sure my parents and uncles can meet you on your level better than I can. We know you Stephen,”
Smith responded moments later with a statement of his own.
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“Oh, you got the twisted thing, brother! Big time! I don’t have to explain a damn thing to anyone – especially you and your dad!!! (Your uncle, Rod Strickland is another thing – I love that brother. And I deeply respect him.”) .. Always! “
“For you, when you have a level, tell me. Because I’m not aware you have one—from the court. Either way, I have a wish: One day you’ll stop hiding behind the public support you receive and confess what amounts to the shenanigans you engage in.” …leaving people hanging like laundry.
“Be honest about what you were really doing. Until then, let’s face each other one on one for the world to see—your truth versus my right in a public forum for all to judge.
“Set the time and place and I’ll show up! Keep the receipts, brother! Show up! Now you’re doing what this is, aren’t you?”
“If you didn’t know before, I know you know now – now that you’re after (that) $$$$, you’re admittedly going to be waiting for you! See you fall!!!!!”
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Irving played only 103 games with the net in three seasons. The infections and his refusal to comply with the mandate for a coronavirus vaccine in New York City cost him several games. He averaged 27.1 points, 6 assists, and 4.7 rebounds in those games.