Years ago, when Kyrie Irving demanded to leave the Cleveland Cavaliers, LeBron James and Kyrie Irving had an unpleasant breakup. Regardless of their history, James can’t help but defend the man in his current situation with New York City regulations.
Kyrie Irving is slamming New York City’s vaccine mandate policy by watching a home game from the stands, maskless but unable to take the floor. The awkward scene occurred during the Nets’ home game versus the Knicks, which was broadcast on ESPN. The camera moved to KI during the second quarter, who was shaking hands with people at the bottom of the stands before heading up to his seat a few rows above.
Irving was perfectly okay not wearing a mask and moving around in this position as a spectator, because that is currently New York City’s policy on events like this, regardless of vaccine status. That being said, their policy on private employees hasn’t changed, and those employees must be vaccinated. Kyrie isn’t vaccinated and that is widely known.
LeBron James, Kyrie’s former teammate, was not bashful in voicing his displeasure with New York City’s archaic attitude. He responded in response to someone pointing out how ridiculous this is.
“FACTS FACTS FACTS!! It literally makes ABSOLUTELY ZERO SENSE!!! They say if common sense was common then we’d all have it. Ain’t that the truth.”
LBJ has been vociferous about the outbreak, especially as it has progressed. Remember, it was just a few months ago that he said the current strains were more like the flu or a cold than anything else something for which he was chastised at the time, with some believing he was downplaying the virus’s seriousness.
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