Basketball player Kyrie Irving says he is not forced to do anything. The 29-year-old American, one of the star players of Brooklyn Nets in the NBA, refuses to be vaccinated against the corona virus. As long as he is unvaccinated, Irving is not allowed to train and play with the Nets.
“Do what you think is best for yourself, I’m not a lawyer for either party,” Irving said in a live video on Instagram. “I do what’s best for me. I know what the consequences are. If it means I’m being judged and demonized, so be it. That is the role I play in this.”
In New York City, authorities do not allow unvaccinated people to participate in indoor sports. That means Irving will not be able to play for the Nets in home games until he has taken a vaccine. The club management announced this week that Irving is not part of the team at all as long as he is only available on a part-time basis.
“Kyrie made a personal choice and we respect that. At the moment his choice prevents him from being a full member of the team and we do not allow team members to be active on a part-time basis,” said manager Sean Marks.
Irving has been playing for Brooklyn Nets since 2019. He previously played for Cleveland Cavaliers, with whom he became NBA champion in 2016, and the Boston Celtics. “It’s not about the Nets, it’s not about the organization, it’s not about the NBA, it’s not about politics. It’s purely about freedom, that I can decide for myself what I do,” said Irving. He certainly does not want to stop playing basketball. “I’m not going to leave this sport like that. There is still so much work to be done.”
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Irving continues to refuse vaccination despite play ban: ‘Let them demonize me’ | Other sports
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