Kyrie Irving won’t play for the Nets until he’s vaccinated.
Irving is one of the most notable vaccine holdouts in the NBA, and because of New York’s local mandates, he can’t participate in games until he gets his shots. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)
Well, he will no longer be allowed to compete at all until he meets NYC’s requirements.
General manager Sean Marks stated the following in part in a Tuesday release:
We have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant. Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, the choice restricts his ability to be a full-member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.
You can read his full statement below.
Nets GM Sean Marks statement on Brooklyn’s decision to sit Kyrie Irving until he fulfills NYC vaccination rules: pic.twitter.com/4LBIQXt7al
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 12, 2021
Well, we’ve officially reached the brink when it comes to Irving and the vaccine. He’s either going to get vaccinated or he’s not going to play this season.
Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if he chose to hang it up and not play at all. If there’s one thing we know about Kyrie Irving, once he makes up his mind on something, he’s likely not going to change it.
Breaking: Nets GM Sean Marks announced that Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is “eligible to be a full participant.” pic.twitter.com/qMLRNfwk39
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) October 12, 2021
He doesn’t want to get vaccinated, he’s shown no interest in changing his mind and he now can’t participate with the team.
If this doesn’t get him to change his mind, then nothing will.
Be still and know….
— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) October 6, 2021
We’ll see what Kyrie decides to do, but this situation is absolutely going to escalate further.