Two words: Kyrie Irving.
Bushels of bad behavior. Selfishness times a trillion.
Who are you? Are you sick? Is there a more selfish guy in the world? Do you care no one trusts you? Are you aware how offensive your behavior is? Do you have any concerns about how your actions affect your teammates, coaches, general managers, and owners?
Most definitely, you don’t care. You are all about yourself and no one else.
So unappreciative of your God-given basketball talent that millions of aspiring basketball players would love to possess but don’t. Self-centered, weird, troubled, and annoying, you need help.
You asked to be traded from the Brooklyn Nets. Mid-season. Suddenly. No one would be surprised if today you announced you’re retiring from basketball or becoming a social activist full-time or anything.
A day after that no one would be stunned if you posted a Tweet announcing you changed your mind and signed a contract to re-join LeBron James – the teammate you couldn’t stand playing with in Cleveland a few years ago – with the Los Angeles Lakers. Then a day later announced you were staying with the Nets.
What’s going on in your head, Kyrie? Why are you so unpredictable? Why do you continue doing and saying things that bother everyone? Don’t you realize people won’t trust you and like you when you pull these stunts?
You’re reminding us of Johnny Manziel, Antonio Brown, Aaron Hernandez, and Ryan Leaf, four former pro athletes who couldn’t control their emotions and ended their sports careers ignominiously. Each buried themselves by an avalanche of catastrophic embarrassments and misguided behaviors.
Being unlikeable, you will pay for decades. Your reputation will stick with you long after basketball. When you want to start a business or make new friends, they’re going to be wary of you. Because you’re untrustworthy. People who can’t be trusted end up spending an unhealthy amount of time alone inevitably degenerating into mental instability and unhappiness.
All this bad living for the rest of your days you’re piling on yourself, Kyrie. For now, you’re good enough to keep getting lucrative contracts in the NBA. One day that’s going to end probably sooner than you think. Even the greats fall from the top. Ask Tom Brady.
You will fall. You’ll be by yourself.
When you try to make a second career or invite friends over or whatever, you’re going to find out people won’t want to be around you. Wary, they’ll stay away. Even from NBA star players who are rich.
They won’t be able to count on you. You’ll make them uneasy.
Unlike now, you won’t be able to announce you want to be traded and become the next day’s lead sports story. There won’t be anyone to trade you to. News outlets won’t care because you’ll no longer be a sports star. The doors will close. What you say won’t be headline news.
You’ll be on the outside, off center stage, having trashed your life.
Although rich financially, you’ll be poor spiritually.
With few if any supportive relationships.
Alone, unfulfilled, and full of regret, you’ll be devoid of hope.
Change your behavior before it’s too late.
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