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Kyrie Irving and his vaccine stance clarified: Why the Nets star has made a decision...
 

 
Kyrie Irving and his vaccine stance clarified: Why the Nets star has made a decision that will sideline him

Shams Charania*Oct 12, 2021

Kyrie Irving*believes he is f*ghting for something bigger than basketball — and the unintended consequences are that his mission is conflicting with his career and his franchise, the*Brooklyn Nets.

Irving remains ineligible to play in*NBA*home games at Barclays Center in Brooklyn because he has not fulfilled New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, and the Nets announced Tuesday*that Irving will not play or practice with the team*until he is eligible to be a full participant.*The Athletic*has learned through multiple sources what has been behind his stance and decision to not take the vaccine, reasoning which has not been made public to date.

Nets general manager Sean Marks acknowledged Tuesday that Irving is not vaccinated for COVID-19. The All-NBA star and the Nets had received some good news on Friday when*New York City Hall ruled that the team’s practice facility, HSS Training Center, is a public office building*— clearing Irving to return to practice on Sunday. But as of now, Irving has no plans to be vaccinated, sources say. Within the franchise and the players in the locker room, it is understood that Irving’s decision is what it is.

All this has left the Nets to account for how to handle the unprecedented situation and led to a bevy of questions: Is Irving anti-vax and what is really behind his choice? Will City Hall change the vaccine mandate? How will the Nets handle having Irving banished from the team instead of in and out of the lineup and available for road games and home practices?

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of Irving’s decision have told*The Athletic*that Irving is not anti-vaccine and that his stance is that he is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. It’s a stance that Irving has explained to close teammates. To him, this is about a grander f*ght than the one on the court and Irving is challenging a perceived control of society and people’s livelihood,*according to sources with knowledge of Irving’s mindset. It is a decision that he believes he is capable to make given his current life dynamics. “Kyrie wants to be a voice for the voiceless,” one source said.

However, the nation’s top doctors and science have cleared the vaccine as safe and effective. The*Center for Disease Control*(CDC), American Medical a*sociation (AMA) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) state clearly that COVID-19 vaccines are effective at helping protect against severe disease and death, including from variants of the virus, while also being safe. In fact, multiple studies showed that 99 percent of people who are in intensive care units in hospitals are unvaccinated. Sources say 96 percent of NBA players are currently vaccinated. More than 3.75 billion people worldwide have received a vaccine dose.*To be clear, Irving’s stance is not believed to be anti-science, according to sources.

Irving has made more than $160 million over his NBA contracts and has a massive Nike shoe endorsement deal, so those who know Irving understand he is not driven right now by money, nor cares for inheriting more, but rather the stand for larger issues in his mind that need his support. He’s a seven-time All-Star, two-time All-NBA member and former Rookie of the Year who now stands to lose over $200 million by deciding to use his platform to stand up for his stance of each and every person being able to decide for themselves on whether they should take the vaccine without impacts on job statuses. However, the fact of the matter is there are consequences for being unvaccinated in some industries and municipalities. Just as Irving wants to stick with his principle belief on the matter, policies and requirements are subject to local and federal governments.

“I think we are looking at putting a group of people that are going to be able to participate fully and that is what this comes down to,” Marks told reporters on Tuesday. “We’re not looking for partners that are going to be half time.”

Irving is slated to miss out on $16 million-plus in salary this season — half of his overall deal — and forgo a $186 million contract extension.

For now, there are no signs that the New York City policy on the vaccine will change. One City Hall official told*The Athletic*on Tuesday that there is no expectation of removing the current rules. So the rules are indefinite and the Nets are preparing as if the policy will cover the entire 2021-22 season.

“Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose,” Marks said in a statement Tuesday. “Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability. It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice. Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and to achieve these goals each member of our organization must pull in the same direction. We are excited for the start of the season and look forward to a successful campaign that will make the borough of Brooklyn proud.”

The Nets have preached “sacrifice” across the roster this season as the franchise pursues a title run, and that has extended off the court with the vaccine. Both*Kevin Durant*and*James Harden*received the first vaccine shot in the lead up to training camp, understanding the New York City requirements, and expected Irving to do the same. Ultimately, the Nets did not want to deal with the distraction of Irving being a part-time player and wanted him to fully commit to the team — or stay away. The organization made the decision also based on the fact that Irving is the only member of their Tier 1 personnel (players, coaches, top front office officials) not to be vaccinated, thus prioritizing safety of a fully-vaccinated group.

Marks said on Tuesday that he and team owner Joe Tsai were the ones who made the decision to sit Irving until he fulfills the city’s vaccine requirements to be a full-time player. Tsai expressed last month the importance of vaccinations in a*sit-down with*The Athletic’s Alex Schiffer.

Rival teams believe the Nets would be open to a significant trade offer for Irving, but his openness to playing for other franchises is unclear. Irving will be fully eligible in all markets except New York City and San Francisco. Brooklyn is on a championship chase, wanting the commitment of every player on their roster, now dealing with the cloud of uncertainty regarding a member of its big three.



Kyrie Irving*believes he is f*ghting for something bigger than basketball — and the unintended consequences are that his mission is conflicting with his career and his franchise, the*Brooklyn Nets.

Irving remains ineligible to play in*NBA*home games at Barclays Center in Brooklyn because he has not fulfilled New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement, and the Nets announced Tuesday*that Irving will not play or practice with the team*until he is eligible to be a full participant. The Athletic has learned through multiple sources what has been behind his stance and decision to not take the vaccine, reasoning which has not been made public to date.

Nets general manager Sean Marks acknowledged Tuesday that Irving is not vaccinated for COVID-19. The All-NBA star and the Nets had received some good news on Friday when*New York City Hall ruled that the team’s practice facility, HSS Training Center, is a public office building*— clearing Irving to return to practice on Sunday. But as of now, Irving has no plans to be vaccinated, sources say. Within the franchise and the players in the locker room, it is understood that Irving’s decision is what it is.



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 4 days ago '17        #2
S PHX GOD 
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*op is a fgt


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 4 days ago '19        #3
aaf192020  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3 OP
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 S PHX GOD said
*op is a fgt
Why? Because I posted an article that clarifies an issue you nxggas been guessing and a*suming about?

Don't let your ignorance get in the way of the facts. Whether you're pro or anti covid vax is up to you but that has nothing to do with the article. The article is about why Kyrie decided to take his stand. Not whether you agree with him or not!

This article is hidden behind a paywall because it has "insider information" and I was nice enough to post it here for everyone to see and first thing you do is call me a fxggot? Who's really the fxggot in this situation?


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 4 days ago '17        #4
S PHX GOD 
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*free post
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 4 days ago '19        #5
aaf192020  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3 OP
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 S PHX GOD said
*free post


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 4 days ago '20        #6
NamelessONE  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x13
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 S PHX GOD said
*op is a fgt
You need that gruden treatment
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 4 days ago '15        #7
7daytheory 
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GOAT level stuff
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 4 days ago '18        #8
MayneThaTruth2  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x13
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So he not even anti vac??? LOL I told yall he wanted attention. I thought he aint want to put this sh*t in his body???

This is basically a protest over sh*t that has nothing to do with him. He cant make each state mandate and unmandate.

I told yall he wanted attention
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 4 days ago '15        #9
kami  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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However, the nation’s top doctors and science have cleared the vaccine as safe and effective
Nations top science?
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 4 days ago '19        #10
Shenanagans  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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I don't believe this story until I hear him say it. I don't believe he told anybody why he won't get vaxxed. I feel like they're making this up just like all of the other sh*t they made up about him. When there's a lack of information "news sources" tend to reach for anything. Kyrie seems like a personal dude that's not just gonna discuss this with anyone. He's been open about everything else so if he wanted people to know he would tell everyone
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 4 days ago '15        #11
kami  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x6
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 MayneThaTruth2 said
So he not even anti vac??? LOL I told yall he wanted attention. I thought he aint want to put this sh*t in his body???

This is basically a protest over sh*t that has nothing to do with him. He cant make each state mandate and unmandate.

I told yall he wanted attention
Well he’s not vaccinated so I’m sure you bozo’s will use that term.
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 4 days ago '18        #12
MayneThaTruth2  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x13
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 kami said
Well he’s not vaccinated so I’m sure you bozo’s will use that term.
He dgaf about no vaccine, yall claimed it was his body, his choice Lol

 4 days ago '11        #13
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 aaf192020 said
Why? Because I posted an article that clarifies an issue you nxggas been guessing and a*suming about?

Don't let your ignorance get in the way of the facts. Whether you're pro or anti covid vax is up to you but that has nothing to do with the article. The article is about why Kyrie decide to take his stand. Not whether you agree with him or not!

This article is hidden behind a paywall because it has insider information and I was nice enough to post it here for everyone to see and first thing you do is call me a fxggot? Who's really the fxggot in this situation?
Bro a weirdo. In a second he gone be VMing you weird sh*t ignore him
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 4 days ago '17        #14
SPdaGOAT  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x4
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Kyrie greater than Ali and Kareem
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 4 days ago '11        #15
greedy87 
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 Shenanagans said
I don't believe this story until I hear him say it. I don't believe he told anybody why he won't get vaxxed. I feel like they're making this up just like all of the other sh*t they made up about him. When there's a lack of information "news sources" tend to reach for anything. Kyrie seems like a personal dude that's not just gonna discuss this with anyone. He's been open about everything else so if he wanted people to know he would tell everyone
And if that’s the truth then what? Lol

 4 days ago '20        #16
brother  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3
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funny how quickly BX starts shouting "shut up and dribble"
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 4 days ago '19        #17
Shenanagans  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x1
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 greedy87 said
And if that’s the truth then what? Lol
Then it is what it is


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 4 days ago '18        #18
MayneThaTruth2  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x13
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 Shenanagans said
I don't believe this story until I hear him say it. I don't believe he told anybody why he won't get vaxxed. I feel like they're making this up just like all of the other sh*t they made up about him. When there's a lack of information "news sources" tend to reach for anything. Kyrie seems like a personal dude that's not just gonna discuss this with anyone. He's been open about everything else so if he wanted people to know he would tell everyone
No he crave attention, You know he wanted to have a "deep" talk with KD so he could manipulate him into thinking "Man Ky just stands on his beliefs"

Lol
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 4 days ago '21        #19
Linas Kleiza 
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Retire and STFU.
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 4 days ago '04        #20
jsmooth-117 
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Who
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 4 days ago '19        #21
aaf192020  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3 OP
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 greedy87 said
Bro a weirdo. In a second he gone be VMing you weird sh*t ignore him
I dunno what's going on on here lately. Dudes that have been pretty solid posters for years are all of a sudden shxtposters and trolls now.
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 4 days ago '06        #22
Icee 
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@ do you think this is true ?

If so

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 4 days ago '19        #23
aaf192020  topics gone triple plat - Number 1 spot x3 OP
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 MayneThaTruth2 said
No he crave attention, You know he wanted to have a "deep" talk with KD so he could manipulate him into thinking "Man Ky just stands on his beliefs"

Lol
I honestly do think he wants the attention. I've said it before numerous times. He's idealistic, though it may seem weird to people on the outside I cam imagine a scenario where he's not as crazy as the general public is led to believe.

I honestly don't have any qualms about the controversial stances he's taken even going back to his Duke days. I just don't know if he has the clout, the old school definition, to be that messenger for some of the issues he's passionate about.
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 4 days ago '07        #24
TH35 
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 jsmooth-117 said
Who
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This
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 4 days ago '18        #25
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