Mavericks' Kyrie Irving wears keffiyeh to postgame press conference
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Dallas Mavericks star Kyrie Irving sparked discussion on social media Saturday when he showed up to the team’s postgame press conference wearing a keffiyeh.
Irving spent four minutes talking to reporters after the team’s 132-125 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. He had 39 points, four rebounds and six assists in the game.
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Kyrie Irving of the Dallas Mavericks reacts during the New Orleans Pelicans game at the Smoothie King Center on Nov. 14, 2023, in New Orleans. (Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
He was not asked about the headwear. The keffiyeh is a black and white checkered scarf that has come to symbolize Palestinian solidarity, according to The Associated Press. Irving also posted a photo of himself wearing it as he toured the Martin Luther King Jr. memorial in Washington, D.C.
The NBA and the Mavericks didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News Digital.
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Irving’s move sparked discussion on social media, with some praising him for having a "spine" to wear the scarf while others called him antisemitic.
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Kyrie Irving of the Dallas Mavericks is defended by Damian Lillard of the Bucks at Fiserv Forum on Nov. 18, 2023, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Pro-Palestinian protesters in the U.S. have worn keffiyehs during their demonstrations, with some calling for the end of Israel’s bombardment of Gaza following the horrific terror attacks of Oct. 7.
The NBA released a statement on the terror attacks on Oct. 8.