Kyrie Irving stands firm behind the decision to remain unvaccinated – The Brooklyn Game

Kyrie Irving made her point loud and clear Monday afternoon after the Nets fell to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The seven-time all-star does not get the COVID vaccine no matter what.

In a tense exchange with journalists, Irving insisted that even if he did not try to sway anyone in any direction, he would not take a shot despite the injury keeping Kevin Durant off the field for the foreseeable future. Irving is unable to play any home games due to the current vaccine mandate in New York City, which has limited his role to playing only away.

Government orders in Canada also prevent Irving from playing any games in Toronto.

“I’m constantly being asked what my status is and I’m like man, if you were in my position, it would be easy for someone to say, ‘Well, why do not you just want to be vaccinated?’ “It’s not you, and it’s just the reality. I made my decision and I stand by it,” said Irving.

Irving’s vaccination status has been a lightning rod of controversy since the start of the season, and his return has only added fuel to it. The Nets had originally chosen not to allow Irving to play this year, but with COVID decimating the list in December, the team gave up and allowed him to return part-time.

That decision received even more attention this weekend after Durant went down and left the Nets with just one star to play at home and Harden and Irving to play away. However, that does not change how Irving views his decision not to get the vaccine.

“That’s what I feel like it ends up getting into a lot of this culture with basketball and sports and entertainment, you’re bringing the team in and you’re bringing in situations that we’re in and Kevin,” Irving said. “Kev will be healed. Kev will be okay and we will have to deal with it as his teammates, but in terms of where I am with my life outside of this, I remain grounded in my decision and that’s just what it is. It’s not going to be affected just because of one thing in this NBA life that has somehow been made to be more important than what’s going on in the real world. not to me.”

The exchange continued when Irving was again pressured about his vaccination status.

“That’s what I say,” Irving said. “You bring my vaccination status into a basketball game and I live my life, most of the time when I’m away from this. So when I say I’m not getting vaccinated and I make a choice with my life , it gets somehow mixed in: ‘Well, what about basketball?’ When it’s like no, brother. We live in a real world. It’s great to be able to do this. I’m grateful for the opportunity.

“I love playing with my teammates. I love playing on the Nets, but I’ve already been away enough time to think about this, to process it, to be able to make my decision, to stand strong, to understand that people will agree and some people will disagree. “

Irving hopes circumstances change and that he is able to play, not only for himself, he said, but for others who have been affected by mandates. “It’s not just about me, it’s been my message all along,” he said.

Brooklyn must play its next three games away from home, making Irving eligible to be on the field. Nets travels to Washington DC on Wednesday, which has its own vaccine mandate, but that does not apply to visiting players.

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