Two days ago, the Brooklyn Nets banned Kyrie Irving, prohibiting him from participating in team activities until he is vaccinated and many league players and well-known personalities began to express their stance on the COVID-19 vaccine.
Consequently, Kyrie broke his silence with an Instagram live video in which he dispelled rumors of his retirement, the money he could lose if he misses Brooklyn games and what should truly matter to people.
"I’m obviously a strong believer in the vaccine. I’ve been through so much and it would be kind of contradictory to not be on the pro-vaccine side. But what I will say is that I believe in choice and I like to give people their choice and I have no problem with people having their choice. I think that’s not only a human right, but it’s an American right as well....They make their own decisions on their own bodies for their own families. I have no ill will towards that. The only thing I would say is just don’t give me a b******t excuse why [you don’t get the vaccine]....You don’t want to do it, that’s your choice."
The Minnesota Timberwolves center was one of those who suffered the most from the virus and his word is more than authoritative to speak, as he lost seven members of his family to the coronavirus, including his mother, in 2020.
The Nets, without Kyrie, will face Minnesota at Barclays Center tonight in their fourth preseason game and the outlook is far from clear, especially since Irving would not be willing to give in.
One possibility is a trade of Irving and it would have to be seen which franchise is willing to accept it. His talent on the court is more than clear and he will make an impact wherever he ends up.
His averages of 26.9 points, 6.0 assists, and 4.8 rebounds during the 54 games he played in last regular season back him up, although his main problem is not on the court but off it.