Kyrie Irving, the point guard for the Brooklyn Nets, has been in the news this week due to his vaccination status. Because of New York City’s vaccine mandate, he may be forced to miss games at Barclays Center in the upcoming 2021-22 season.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio addressed Irving’s situation on Wednesday. He wants Irving to get the COVID-19 vaccine, as you might expect.
“I really want Kyrie to get vaccinated, and I want the whole team to stay healthy and safe this season,” de Blasio said. “For Brooklyn, we have a chance to win the championship. Let’s go get it, it’s right in front of us. It’s an incredible group of people. Everyone should be safe and healthy, in my opinion. When Brooklyn wins the championship, it will be a historic moment. ”
De Blasio added that he is still a fan of Irving, but that he would like to see him get the team’s vaccination rate to 100 percent.
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During Brooklyn’s media day, Irving was asked about his vaccination status. At this time, he requested that reporters respect his privacy.
“Once again, I’d like to keep everything private,” Irving stated. “All I ask is that you respect my privacy..” Like, for all the questions leading up to what’s going on, just know that everything will be released at a later date once this is resolved. But, for the time being, please respect my privacy when it comes to home games, what’s going on, and vaccinations. ”
Irving would lose over $400,000 for each game he misses under the NBA’s current policy. Of course, that’s assuming he doesn’t get vaccinated. Nokia News