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.
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.”