Kyrie Irving Shuts Down 'No Black Girls Allowed' Yacht Party Rumors

"I wasn't raised to discriminate against any race."

By Sharon Lynn Pruitt

Kyrie Irving's team may have won the NBA Finals, but the baller found himself in hot water after video footage from his celebratory yacht party went viral.

The video shows Kyrie - his head covered in a towel - partying on a yacht surrounded by bikini-clad women. People quickly noticed that there were no black girls at the party, and after MediaTakeOut posted the video with the headline "No Black Girls" allowed, the descriptor quickly caught on.

Now, Irving has responded to the backlash via an Instagram post captioned "all different shades."

All different shades. 👌🏾 #Tryadifferentstory #2016WorldChampions

A photo posted by Kyrie Irving (@kyrieirving) on


He also addressed the controversy more directly with a lengthy Facebook post.

"I'd never think I would have to address something as ridiculous as a yacht party, but I wasn't raised to discriminate against any race, let alone any race of women, especially my own," he wrote. "I was raised by the black women in my family and for me to be connected to some nonsense like a 'No black girls allowed' party is embarrassing and an inaccurate portrayal of who and what I represent as man."

Read his full response below.

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