Kyrie Irving After Loss vs. Knicks: 'F--k Thanksgiving'

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorNovember 22, 2018

BOSTON, MA - NOVEMBER 21: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics drives to the basket during a game at TD Garden on November 21, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
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After the Boston Celtics' 117-109 loss to the New York Knicks on Wednesday night, C's point guard Kyrie Irving provided his thoughts on the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday:

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA

Kyrie Irving: “Fuck Thanksgiving.”

Per Clevis Murray of The Athletic, the remark came after someone in the locker room wished Irving a happy Thanksgiving.

The comment likely goes far deeper than frustration following a disappointing loss to the 5-14 Knicks, as Weiss alluded to in a follow-up tweet:

Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA

(This is a real quote, reminder he was given the name Little Mountain by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe earlier this year)

Per Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, "Irving was given the Lakota name Little Mountain by the Standing Rock Sioux tribe" in a late-August ceremony. Asia Irving, Kyrie's older sister, was also honored.

As Windhorst noted, "Irving's mother, Elizabeth Larson, was a descendant of the Standing Rock Sioux but was adopted out as a small child. Irving, whose mother died when he was four, has known about his lineage and has recently starting embracing it publicly."

While modern-day Thanksgiving is typically a time for family and friends to get together and share food and company, the historical roots of the holiday originate from a dark time in the Americas, when Native Americans suffered genocide at the hands of Pilgrims in the 17th century.

As Dennis Zotigh, a writer and cultural specialist at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, noted in 2016: "Many Natives particularly in the New England area remember this attempted genocide as a factual part of their history and are reminded each year during the modern Thanksgiving."

Therefore, Irving's comment isn't surprising given the context of the situation.


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