The Brooklyn Nets have announced that point player Kyrie Irving will not play for the organization until he is able to become a “full participant” under the Covid-19 vaccine rules in New York City.
Unvaccinated individuals are forbidden from working in or attending events at many indoor places in New York because to the Covid-19 rule.
NBA players, for example, are not permitted to practice in the city or play home games for the New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets unless they have gotten and have documentation of at least one Covid-19 immunization shot.
“Given the developing nature of the situation and after considerable discussion, we have determined Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” Brooklyn Nets General Manager Marks stated in a statement.
“Kyrie has made a personal decision, and we accept his right to make that decision.” Currently, his choice limits his ability to be a full-time team member, and we will not allow any team member to participate with part-time availability.
“It’s critical that we maintain our team chemistry and stick to our long-standing ideals of camaraderie and sacrifice.” Our season’s championship ambitions have not altered, and in order to reach them, every member of the organization must work together.
“We are looking forward to the start of the season and to a successful campaign that will bring honor to the borough of Brooklyn.”
This means that, despite the Nets’ training facility being classed as a private office building to allow Irving to practice, he will not be participating in any team workouts.
Irving has made it plain that he does not want to get the vaccine, and his teammates Kevin Durant and James Harden have protected him thus far. However, both have stated that they want him on the court to begin the season, which begins on October 19 with the Brooklyn Nets against the reigning NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks on Sky Sports.
The NBA does not require players to be vaccinated, but there are stringent penalties for those who refuse. Irving will lose about $381,000 each game as a result of the league and players association agreeing to a pay cut equivalent to 1/91.6 of an individual’s salary for each game missed due to local market vaccine restrictions.
To far, more than 95% of NBA players have been vaccinated.
San Francisco has similar laws, which will take effect on November 29 in Los Angeles. Andrew Wiggins, a Golden State Warriors max contract player, requested a religious exemption from the vaccine in order to play home games at Chase Center. The league, however, turned down his appeal, and Wiggins eventually decided to get vaccinated against Covid-19.
On social media, conservatives are rallying behind Irving.
Senator Ted Cruz responded to the news on Tuesday by suggesting that his local Houston Rockets trade for Kyrie Irving: ‘The @HoustonRockets are in desperate need of a point guard…’
Irving has’sacrificed more than [Colin] Kaepernick ever did,’ according to Donald Trump Jr.
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been out of the league since kneeling during the national anthem to protest racism during the 2016 season.
Irving’s relationship with Nike had already deteriorated when he openly criticised the Kyrie 8s’ release earlier this summer.
In July, he tweeted, “I have nothing to do with the design or marketing of the impending #Kyrie8.” ‘These are crap, in my opinion!’
Irving also has an agreement with Pepsi, according to Forbes.
Neither brand, though, has made a public statement on Irving’s ban.