Kyrie Irving declared before the season started that he had no intention of retiring from the NBA. He also refused to take coronavirus vaccine. Kyrie didn’t seem to care about the fact that he won’t be able to play.
Kyrie Irving‘s was live on Instagram for more than an hour, but he never clarified the details about not getting vaccinated. According to a new report from Brandon ‘Scoop B’ Robinson of Bally Sports, Irving’s skepticism of the vaccine is centered around his long injury history that dates back to his days at Duke.
“This is my life,” Irving said on Instagram Live in October via ESPN. “I get to do whatever I want with this; this is one body that I get here. And you are telling me what to do with my body. This has everything to do with what is going on in our world. And I am being grouped into something that is bigger than just the game of basketball.”
As per Bally Sports Robinson said that “Those closest to him also have shared that Irving knows anything he says will be magnified and scrutinized and he doesn’t want to be viewed as an anti-vaxxer. He’s not taking this stance to be a voice for the voiceless. He’s just not trusting of the available vaccines, according to sources. Irving also does not want to get vaccinated because of bad experiences with his health due to basketball injuries over the years.”
Robinson continued, “Since his freshman year at Duke, Irving has missed 261 out of 950 games, including the last five of the 2015 NBA Finals when a fractured kneecap required surgery and forced him to miss 29 games the following season. His 2018 knee surgery in Boston was a corrective procedure because the screws from his 2015 surgery caused an infection in his knee. Moreover, a 2019 shoulder injury became difficult to diagnose and ultimately forced him to have surgery in 2020.”
Kyrie has continued to go through his regular training regimen of weightlifting, cardio, and meditation. Unless Irving decides to get vaccinated he won’t be able to play. The franchise and organization have been taking calls about the star guard since late October. The trade deadline is knocking on the door, it will be interesting to see if the Nets pull the trigger on a trade for Kyrie Irving.