After being wished a happy Thanksgiving by a reporter following the Celtics’ 117-109 loss to the New York Knicks, Irving retorted that he doesn’t celebrate the holiday before saying, “F— Thanksgiving.”
On Thursday, Irving took a more respectful tone.
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) November 22, 2018
Irving told NBC Sports Boston that his issues with the holiday stem from his Native American heritage.
His mother was a descendant of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe. Over the past few years, Irving has embraced his heritage, including getting a tattoo of the tribe’s logo on the back of his neck
In August, Irving took part in a Lakota naming ceremony and was given the name “Little Mountain.”