Following up on a story I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, the Brooklyn Nets told 7-time All Star point guard Kyrie Irving yesterday, that he won’t be selected to play again, while he remains unvaccinated against covid-19.
New York City regulations state that all athletes who play or practice in the city must be vaccinated. According to BBC Online:
The 29-year-old can play in away games but Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks has ruled that out 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.”
Marks added: “Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant.”
Irving is a seven-time All-Star who played in 54 regular-season games for the Nets last season.
The NBA said that any player who chooses not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for the games they miss.
Irving has been ridiculed in the US media because of his interest in so-called conspiracy theories. Back in 2017 he claimed that the Earth was flat. He’s also spoken of his belief that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated because he wanted to take on the international banking cartel.
He’s an easy target for the media. The flat earth stuff is an open goal for them. The only story here is that a perfectly healthy superstar athlete is being deprived of his right to maintain personal bodily integrity and the right to earn a living, all because he won’t accept a dangerous, untested and wholly unnecessary medicine.
Maybe Irving can force a trade to the Dallas Mavericks or the Houston Rockets. Texas governor Greg Abbott has said that there will be no vaccine mandates in his state.