NBA star Kyrie Irving gives his game-worn jersey, sneakers to US soldiers

Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving capped off a victory Tuesday night by honoring two soldiers who were sitting courtside at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

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The soldiers were in the crowd for “Military Appreciation Night” as the Brooklyn Nets hosted the Celtics. At the end of the game, Irving spotted the American heroes and took off his jersey and sneakers and handed them over as a gift.

He then shook the hands of the two female U.S. Army soldiers and said, “Thank you.” He also expressed gratitude to two other soldiers standing nearby. 

Irving, who signed with the Celtics over the summer, returned to the court Tuesday night in a protective mask after suffering a minor facial fracture last week. 

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NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics gives his shoes and his jersey to United States Veterans after the NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 14, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics gives his shoes and his jersey to United States Veterans after the NBA game against the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center on November 14, 2017 in the Brooklyn Borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Matteo Marchi/Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics gives his jersey and sneakers away to military veterns after the game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 14, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics gives his jersey and sneakers away to military veterns after the game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 14, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics gives his jersey and sneakers away to military veterns after the game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 14, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
BROOKLYN, NY - NOVEMBER 14: Kyrie Irving #11 of the Boston Celtics gives his jersey and sneakers away to military veterns after the game against the Brooklyn Nets on November 14, 2017 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2017 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The NBA hailed Irving’s actions with the soldiers on social media, calling it a “beautiful moment.”

The Celtics defeated the Nets by a score of 109-102.

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