Kyrie Irving has caused a year-long disruption for the Brooklyn Nets. The talented Australian point guard was unable to participate in a large portion of the Nets’ games during the early part of the season due to his refusal to get the COVID-19 vaccine. The team eventually relented and Kyrie has been allowed to play on the road in the interim.
Nets fans have held out hope that Irving might change his mind for the good of his team. Half of Brooklyn’s games are at home, which means they only have their PG 50% of the time. The Nets are just a half game behind the Miami Heat for the #2 seed out of the East. Every game counts.
Kyrie took to the microphone after Monday night’s 114-107 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Irving was once again asked a slew of questions about his vaccination status. The answer was as straightforward as it gets, according to Nets Daily.
“I’m asked questions all the time about what’s my status? And I’m like, man, if you were in my position, it would be easy for someone to say, ‘Well, why don’t you just get vaccinated, but you’re not.’ And that’s just the reality of it. And I’ve made my decision already and I’m standing on it…
My message has always been, I respect what everyone else is doing with their bodies. I respect what everyone else is doing in terms of their livelihoods. And I’m here to support. But what’s going on with me is, I’m taking it one day at a time, and that’s it.
Nothing is guaranteed in this in this world right now. So people are getting sick left and right. And for me, I’m just trying to be just a person that’s just being a beacon of hope and light, and just trying to shed as much as I can on the situation without talking myself into more BS and what’s going on in this political world that we’re in right now.”
Kyrie Irving also said that the teams’ injury status, including Kevin Durant, will have no bearing on his decision. A wonderful season could come to an early end if Kyrie Irving isn’t available for a key playoff game. Time will tell if his anti-vaccination stance costs the Nets in the long run.
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