Kyrie Irving created a boatload of controversy when his anti-vaccine stance kept him away from the NBA for several months. Under the New York mandate, Irving was unable to play without the vaccine. As the pandemic started to get more manageable, things changed, and Kyrie was able to join his team.
The questionable anti-vax stance taken by Kyrie Irving when he refused to get the COVID-19 jab caused chaos for the Brooklyn Nets this season. Irving has admitted that the distraction hurt his team. The Nets went on to be swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
On a recent episode of The ETCs Podcast, Kyrie talked about what it was like to experience his roller coaster year. Irving said he had no idea how things would work out. He then called himself a martyr.
“I was not expecting a mandate to be brought down in a way where it wasn’t going to let me play at all. I had the opportunity to play away games still but there was no plan in place, there was no vision of how it was going to work for our team. And I think that not only impacted not just me, but a lot of people. Just had to sit in that hot seat for a little bit and deal with it. The life of a martyr, bro.
I had to play catch-up. And playing catch-up in a league that’s only getting better, it’s not the position you’d like to be in.”
Kyrie Irving’s vaccine issues weren’t the only thing that tore the Nets apart this season. After a blockbuster deadline trade to acquire him, Ben Simmons never played in a single game. The Nets have the entire offseason to figure things out after their pathetic performance against Boston.
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