Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving, ineligible to play games at Barclays Center, the home of the Nets because of the New York City vaccine mandate, will not be allowed to play or practice with the team until he has been vaccinated. announced Tuesday.
Nets General Manager Sean Marks announced Tuesday morning that Irving would not practice or play with the team until he was “qualified to be a full participant,” meaning he would be away from the team until the vaccination.
New York City guidelines require individuals to have proof of at least one dose of the COVID vaccine to enter an indoor gym, in this case the team’s home area, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Irving, a seven-time NBA All-Star, is also vice president of the league’s players union.
Irving is among a handful of vocal vaccine holdouts, though Andrew Wiggins of the Golden State Warriors Received Shot after denying his religious exemption, declaring that “the only option was to get vaccinated or not play in the NBA.”
Irving lost $14,912,117 in home games, though he missed will receive His salary from away games is what he deserves to play.
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Tuesday’s announcement means Irving’s future with the Nets may be questionable, but his future in the NBA may be completely uncertain. In September, Nick Wright of Fox Sports reported that Irving would retire if the Nets trade him, leading the NBA star to call Wright a “puppet”.
This isn’t the first time Irving has taken a leave of absence unexpectedly. in January he Missed Played seven games for personal reasons, and was fined $50,000 by the NBA for violating the league’s COVID protocol.
Major Bill de Blasio of New York City said, “I am a fan of Kyari. I would just appeal to him- get the vaccine. Your fans want to see you. We all want you back. Your teammates want you back.”
By contract (Businesshala), non-vaccinated NBA players face hefty fines for each game