Cavs’ Irving, Browns’ Gordon trade barbs

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving and Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon seem to be having a spat. Call it Cleveland’s version of Star Wars.
Irving told Gordon to “mind his own business,” and Gordon responded with a smirk on Twitter that he had “hit a nerve” with Irving.
The media and Twitter back-and-forth took place over the weekend. It all stemmed from Gordon’s visit to ESPN on March 27, when he appeared on several shows and did a few interviews. On First Take, Gordon was asked about the perceived rift between Irving and guard Dion Waiters, both top-four picks in the NBA draft.
“I talked about it with Dion,” Gordon told anchor Skip Bayless. “He’s my neighbor in my building so we hang out all the time. I’m aware of the rift in the locker room. That’s just alpha males and supreme athletes trying to share the spotlight.”
He said he hoped the two got along, but supported the idea that one of the two would have to be traded.
“I’m not opposed to that,” Gordon said. “It might play out better.”
Irving responded pointedly to Gordon’s remark.
“Guys like Josh Gordon need to stay in his sport and mind his own business,” Irving told the Akron Beacon Journal. “Does he still play for the Browns? I’ll continue to root for the Browns, but in terms of this stuff here, what goes on in this locker room, he needs to stay out of it.”
Gordon took to Twitter to respond to Irving’s comments, starting with the abbreviation for “shaking my head.”

Smh.. �� think i touched a nerve lmao @dionwaiters3 #racetotheplayoffs?
– Flash Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) April 6, 2014
He later added:

@JOSH_GORDONXII: “It takes a man of power to start a war, but it takes a bigger man to make peace..” #waterunderthebridge #mindelevation
– Flash Gordon (@JOSH_GORDONXII) April 7, 2014
Irving has expressed exasperation all week about reports he is unhappy in Cleveland, including a recent discussion that ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst had with a Cavs’ fan web site.
Irving’s posts on Twitter earlier this week showed his frustration.

Sick to my stomach with all these rumors and accusations. Can I play without media guessing at my life and putting B.S out for headlines.
– Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) April 5, 2014

It brings nothing but negativity to the team and portraying me as something I’m not. I don’t want or need the attention, so it can stop now.
– Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) April 5, 2014

At least be man or woman enough to come and ask me. There’s no such source as “Kyrie’s camp”, nothing but nonsense.
– Kyrie Irving (@KyrieIrving) April 5, 2014
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