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Unvaccinated Players Could Face Up To 6 Months In Jail If They Break Quarantine In Toronto

Kyrie Irving

While the worst of the COVID-19 crisis seems to be behind us now, things haven't exactly returned to normal.

For the NBA, vaccinations have become a rather pressing issue, as several notable and high-profile players have refused to get the shot -- for one reason or another.

Additionally, several major cities have pretty strict mandates regarding the unvaccinated. Apparently, in Toronto, unvaccinated players could face real jail time if they break quarantine.

(via Shams Charania)

Sources: NBA players were informed unvaccinated players who breach quarantine in Toronto face criminal offense. Unvaccinated players only able to leave hotel for team activities. Per Canada's Quarantine Act, violations could lead to up to 6 months in prison and/or $750K in fines.

Obviously, the goal is to keep the public safe, so it's no surprise that the laws in Toronto heavily restrict the movement of unvaccinated people.

Still, prison time is a pretty extreme measure to take, and many fans agree that it's a step too far.

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The Toronto regulations are not a huge deal for most players, as over 93% of the league is vaccinated at this point.

Still, for others, they could face some serious consequences if they continue to resist. In the case of Kyrie Irving, it has some questioning his movies:

His refusal to cooperate with health and safety protocols thus far has led some team executives to speculate the All-Star point guard is attempting to leverage a trade.

"He's just not acting like he loves this place and wants to be there," one assistant general manager said.

Multiple team officials B/R contacted mentioned the possibility of a Nets-76ers blockbuster that would swap Irving for the disgruntled Ben Simmons, citing a natural solution for the league's two buzziest controversies.

It remains to be seen how things will play out in regards to the COVID-19 protocols this campaign, especially for those who have no plans on getting the shot.

However it ends, though, this season will certainly come with a lot of unique and interesting challenges.