Kyrie Irving’s aunt has revealed that Brooklyn is facing a very real risk of contracting measles and other diseases due to the star’s refusal to get vaccinated.
Kyrie Irving has made it plain that he will not be getting the COVID-19 vaccination. At this moment, it does not seem that his stance will alter anytime soon. This may be a major issue for the Brooklyn Nets.
With the latest news involving Andrew Wiggins in Golden State, the discussion about non-vaccinated NBA players and the potential repercussions of their choices on the court is just getting started.
Given San Francisco’s requirement that pro players be completely immunized to play in their stadiums, the Warriors forward may be forced to miss home games. In Brooklyn, the same regulations apply.
The Rolling Stone’s Matt Sullivan published an eye-opening exposé on Kyrie Irving and a tiny but outspoken group of NBA players who oppose the vaccination. As the NBA season approaches, it provided some important insight into the erratic star’s thoughts on the COVID-19 immunization policy.
The Rolling Stone reports:
Several individuals acquainted with Irving’s views refused to respond explicitly when questioned about his vaccination status — or his intentions to alter it. However, one family member and confidant suggested to Rolling Stone that anti-vaxx players boycott home games to avoid the New York City law… or at the very least threaten to protest them until the NBA changes its methods.
According to Kyrie Irving’s aunt, the Nets star is more likely to attempt to sneak past the restriction than than getting the COVID-19 vaccination.
Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who manages the seven-time All-family Star’s foundation and is one of the few individuals in his regular circle of advisers, adds, “There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to believe they would find a way.” “It might be every third game,” he says. So it still offers you a whole season of being involved and on the court, but with the restrictions that they, of course, impose. There may be a formula by which the NBA and the players may come to an understanding.”
Kyrie Irving doesn’t strike most people as the kind to forsake his convictions, no matter how erroneous, in order to follow the rules. He’s the world’s most renowned flat-earther, violates NBA media rules on a regular basis, and suddenly departed the Nets last season for reasons that remain unclear. His enigmatic views seem to go hand in hand with the manner he’s handling his apprehension about the COVID-19 vaccination. Irving is said to be following a conspiracy theorist who claims the dosage includes a microchip containing a plan against Black people by the devil himself.
Irving’s aunt Tyki adds, “He’ll attempt to figure it out as it comes, since it’s not religious, it’s moral-based.” “You may have to sit on the sidelines, or you might not have to be in the stadium at all.
If it’s so essential to get a vaccination that still doesn’t prevent the Covid” — which it isn’t — “then I’d prefer them figure it out that way than say, ‘Hey, if you don’t get the vaccine, you can’t be a part of the franchise that you fuckin’ helped build.’”
Unless the NBA offers a compromise to its players, as Kyrie’s aunt proposes, his views may have far-reaching consequences for Brooklyn. The Nets may find themselves in a situation where Kyrie Irving refuses to sign a new contract, forcing him to miss every home game. If he eventually decides to do so, it will open a huge bag of worms for the Nets in their quest for a championship.
Would they toss games in order to forfeit home-court advantage in the playoffs, considering Irving’s ability to play more games on the road? Would they consider moving him to a club that doesn’t have the same city limitations, such as the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons? In the next weeks, everything will be on the table.
With the season still weeks away and rumors only beginning to emerge, the Brooklyn Nets aren’t feeling the strain as much. However, as we get closer to opening night, the strange new situations they may find themselves in will become all the more real.