Refusing the Covid-19 vaccine, a move that will see him unable to play in his team or game from the NBA, Brooklyn Nets’ Kyrie Irving says he is
“doing what’s best for me”
The Nets said the point guard will not participate until he is permitted to become
“a full participant”
under New York City Covid-19 vaccine rules.
But Kyrie Irving the 29-year-old says he will not bow to pressure to accept vaccine.
While speaking concerning the issue on Instagram Live on Wednesday,
Irving said: “Do what’s best for you, but I am not an advocate for either side.
“I am doing what’s best for me.
“I know the consequences here, and if it means that I’m judged and demonized for that, that’s just what it is, that’s the role I play.”
A seven-time All-Star Irving, participated in 54 regular-season games for the Nets last season.
According to the NBA recently, any player who refuses to comply with local vaccination order will not be paid for the games they miss.
He also added:
“No, I’m not retiring, and no, I’m not going and leaving this game like this. There’s still so much more work to do.”
Irving may play in away games but Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has not permitted that as an option.
“We respect his individual right to choose,” Marks said.
“Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”