Brooklyn Nets Won’t Allow Kyrie Irving to Play Due to Vaccination Status

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The Nets star wasn’t present in the team’s Media Day and requested privacy when it came to the vaccine.

The Brooklyn Nets have announced star player Kyrie Irving will not be allowed to practice or play with the team, according to ESPN. This is because of local COVID-19 vaccine requirements. 

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New York City is one of a number of cities in America which has a COVID-19 vaccine mandate. The requirement to enter indoor facilities such as the Nets’ home arena, Barclays Center, and the New York Knicks’ arena, Madison Square Garden, is that people over 12 years old must have evidence of at least one COVID-19 shot. 

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The team said in a statement they respect Irving’s choice despite the consequences that come with it. 

“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. It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice,” said Nets general manager Sean Marks. 

Irving won’t be able for the time being until he is vaccinated. The Nets are one of the top contenders for the 2021-22 NBA championship. They still have superstars in the team, such as Kevin Durant and James Harden, who are capable of carrying the load any given night. 

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“Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and to achieve these goals each member of the organization must pull in the same direction,” Marks said. “We are excited for the start of the season and look forward to a successful campaign that will make the borough of Brooklyn proud.” 

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