Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets says he’s “doing what’s best for me” by refusing the Covid-19 vaccine, which will keep him out of the NBA.
The Nets have stated that the point guard would not play until the New York City Covid-19 immunization rules allow him to become “a full participant.”
Irving is unvaccinated, but city regulations require that all athletes who play or train in the city be vaccinated.
The 29-year-old insists he will not be vaccinated despite pressure.
On Wednesday, Kyrie Irving remarked on Instagram Live regarding the situation, “Do what’s best for you, but I’m 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 demonised for that, that’s just what it is, that’s the role I play.”
Kyrie Irving is a seven-time All-Star who suited up for the Nets in 54 regular-season games last season.
The NBA recently announced that any player who refuses to comply with local vaccination requirements will not be compensated for the games missed.
He added that: “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 is eligible to play in away games, but Brooklyn Nets GM Sean Marks has ruled that out
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.”
Kyrie Irving is set to lose over $200,000m if he remains unvaccinated.