Kyrie Irving and his stance on getting vaccinated have given birth to a lot of controversy in recent weeks. In fact, many fans have straight away cursed Irving and believe he is incredibly selfish for putting the entire team at risk.
They are right up to some extent. If Kyrie doesn't get vaccinated, he will remain ineligible to play for the Nets. Additionally, it will only sink the chances of the Nets winning an NBA championship.
But on the other hand, Irving has done a lot for society as well. Joe Pompliano took defended Kyrie on Twitter and reminded people about some of the things Irving has done over the years. He tweeted:
"Kyrie Irving is extremely generous: · Bought George Floyd's mom a house · Paid tuition for 9 HBCU students · Bought 200+ kids Christmas presents · Provided 250k Thanksgiving meals in NYC · Donated $1.5M to WNBA players. It's sad to see him called selfish for a personal decision.
While it is true that Irving has done a lot of selfless acts in the past, this time around he is simply being selfish. Pompliano further explained his point and continued to defend Kyrie.
"I understand that he plays a team sport and ultimately hurts their chance at success by not being there. But it's also ok to believe that the vaccine is helpful, yet that everyone can still make their own decision. Just because you disagree, it doesn't make them selfish."
"I don't expect this to be a popular opinion. It's a divisive subject; some will agree with me, while many others might disagree. Everyone seems to be perfect on social media. I get it."
"But here's the thing... Kyrie Irving will lose out on $17 million this year if he doesn't play — that's ultimately his decision. And, as his private employer, the Nets also have the right to tell him to stay away from the team until he is vaccinated. That's their decision."
Once again, what Joe pointed out was correct, but defending Irving for his stance on getting vaccinated is pretty hard to justify.
With him being out of the lineup indefinitely, it puts the Nets in a tough position. They still have two superstars in Kevin Durant and James, but adding Kyrie to that mix made them a truly scary team.