Kyrie Irving Gives Whirlwind Response on Bypassing Vaccine on IG Live
In SummaryIrving: "It’s not being anti-vax. It’s about what feels good to me. I’m feeling uncertain … and that’s OK."
Kyrie Irving, a man who told reporters “it’s a private matter” when asked about his stance on the COVID-19 vaccination, reportedly wants to be the voice of the voiceless.
But Irving’s voicelessness was finally verbalized Wednesday. He explained his stance on the NBA COVID-19 vaccination policy and his displeasure for people losing their job due to a mandate in a whirlwind of a response on his personal Instagram account.
Irving’s response also came a day after the Brooklyn Nets told him he will not be allowed to practice or play with the team because of local COVID-19 vaccine requirements.
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.
Local governments in New York, San Francisco and Brooklyn said any unvaccinated person over the age of 12 wouldn’t be allowed to enter “certain covered premises” inside their respective cities. Covered premises would include the Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden and the Chase Center, home of the Nets, Knicks and Warriors, respectively.
The NBA currently has a vaccination rate of 95%.
Irving went on to say more during his explanation on Instagram Live.