CLEVELAND – For the first time since his return as a part-time player with the Nets, Kyrie Irving addressed her unvaccinated status following their 114-107 loss to the Cavaliers Monday afternoon at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse. Irving made it clear he has no intention of being vaccinated, no matter how much the Nets may need him as a full-time player, especially at a time when Kevin Durant will miss at least a month with a sprained knee.
After the loss, with Irving leading the Nets by 27 points, he was asked if Durant’s injury status could affect him being vaccinated. As things stand now, he cannot play in New York or Toronto because of the vaccine mandates in those cities.
“I do not bring science into basketball,” Irving said. “Everyone feels what’s going on in the real world. I walk around like an unvaccinated person and say I’ve already been separated in another group of communities. I’m just telling everyone I’m a human being. I have decisions to make. take, I have a family to take care of, there are things that are just as important to me as being good at playing basketball or leaving a legacy.
“My message has always been that I respect what everyone else does with their body. I respect what everyone else does in terms of their livelihood and I am here to support. But what happens to me is, that I take it one day at a time.Nothing is guaranteed in this world right now.
“I’m just trying to be someone who’s a beacon of hope and light, and who’s just trying to throw as much as possible over this situation without taking myself into more BS in what’s going on in this political world, which we are in. right now. “
Irving then reiterated that he did not want to get into a quarrel over the scientific debate over COVID-19 and public health mandates.
Irving rejected the possibility of changing his mind, saying, “It would be easy for someone to say, ‘Why are you not just being vaccinated?’ That’s just the reality of it. And I’ve already made my decision and I’m up to it. “
An ESPN reporter then asked Irving if he feels any pressure because the Nets need him as a full-time player. Irving made it clear that he considers his vaccination status to be a personal matter and does not believe he should be affected by basketball.
“Kev will heal,” Irving said. “Kev will be okay and we’ll have to deal with it as his teammates. But in terms of where I am with my life outside of this, I’m staying 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.
“I’m just rooted in what I believe in, I just know I’m protected by the organization, protected by my teammates, I’m protected by all the doctors I’ve talked to, and I’m just being rooted.”
When it was noticed that Irving is one of the most famous unvaccinated people in the world and that millions of basketball fans might be wondering if he will get the chance to be eligible for all matches, Irving said it confuses the question.
“I’ve already been away enough time to think about this, to deal with this, to be able to make my decision, to stand strong, to understand that people will agree and some people will disagree. “I’m not just a basketball player. Millions of fans, I appreciate it all. But it’s not just about the game.”
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