The Brooklyn Nets have banned player Kyrie Irving from the team until he’s vaccinated.
The Nets made the announcement Tuesday after Irving refused to get vaccinated with the rest of the team and staff. The Nets GM Sean Marks said he made the decision with team owner Joe Tsai.
“Kyrie has made it clear he has a choice in this matter and it’s ultimately going to be up to him what he decides. We respect the fact that he has a choice and he can make his own right to choose. Right now, what’s best for the organization is the path we are taking.”
Kyrie has not been able to play home games at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden because of New York City’s vaccine mandates. He has been allowed to practice and participate in away games. However, Marks says playing part-time won’t cut it.
The Athletic reported that Irving told teammates he was upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates and he wants to be a voice for them.
“Mask off” means
You stop being something you’re not and stop lying to yourself. It’s the moment you discover the real you and can walk around with NO FEAR in a society that shows a lot of the masks people wear to hide who they truly are.
*nothing COVID rule related!! Relax 🤞🏾
— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) September 15, 2021
Irving could lose over $17 million from sitting out games in New York, but the Nets will still pay him for the road games.
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