Matt Barnes slams Kyrie Irving: 'Sitting out without a cause or a purpose defeats the purpose'

Matt Barnes commented on race issues and their relationship with the NBA.
The 14-year-old NBA veteran weighed the latest Kyrie Irving on Monday. He didn't hold back.
In his podcast with NBA veteran Stephen Jackson, Barnes Irving suggested for his move to relate the resumption of the NBA season to the racial relationship bill that took place after George Floyd's murder in the United States.
"Kyrie has to stop cops"
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"Kyrie has to stop the bull - because I heard Kyrie wanted to go to Orlando to support his team," said Barnes. "You didn't let him. Then he turned the script over and talked about giving up everything.
"You can give up everything and do the Maya Moore - if you really want to. At the same time, sitting for no reason or purpose nullifies the purpose. And then it shares us too. ... I respect that people don't want to play, because if it's COVID and you're endangering your family, I understand that. But when it comes to the country's movement, we have to do it. "
The funky mention of Maya Moore refers to the WNBA star's decision to suspend consecutive seasons to work directly on criminal justice reform. The WNBA MVP 2014 and six-time All-Star with the Minnesota Lynx announced in January that it would miss a second season in a row and miss the Olympics before being postponed as it works to help a family friend, to lift a 50-year prison sentence.
Matt Barnes is not on board with Kyrie Irving. (Jeff Chiu / Pool via Reuters)
Irving's controversial stance
Irving urges the NBA players to partially rethink the resumption of the season so players can focus on fighting oppression. Irving's stance has been criticized by some in NBA circles who see no connection between playing basketball and the struggle for social justice and believe that resuming the season will only improve their platform.
Count Barnes to this camp.
Barnes previously raised the issue and told Dunk Bait on June 7 that he had heard from players who didn't want to continue the season given the nation's protests against social justice.
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"A few people from the Lakers and the Clippers ... it is whispered that some teams don't feel comfortable. Some want to play and others don't want to play." @ Matt_Barnes22 about players who want to address injustices in the black community before basketball resumes.
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Jackson defends Irving
Jackson, who became a face of the movement as a friend of Floyd, defended Irving after Barnes' open criticism on Monday.
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Stephen Jackson says Kyrie Irving gave him FaceTiming almost every day to check on him

"He made me cry because he literally knows that I'm putting everything at risk."
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"He's excited about it," Jackson said of Irving. "I just think he understands this moment. He is just like me. I don't have all the answers. ...
"He made me cry because he literally knows that I'm putting everything at risk."
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