Brooklyn Nets All-Star points scorer Kyrie Irving is banned from the team until he gets the Covid vaccine.
“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after careful deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” said Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks. Said in a statement Tuesday morning.
‘Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, the selection limits his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not allow any member of our team to participate. “
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The vaccine mandate, which went into effect last month, states that everyone who entered an indoor gym — including Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden, the homes of the Nets and New York Knicks — had to have at least one COVID-19 shot. had.
As a result, Irving was unable to play in 43 regular-season games – 41 at Barclays Center, plus two at MSG and two more preseason games in Brooklyn. Marks confirmed that Irving would only lose money for these games, about $ 380,000 per game.
Marks also said when asked if Irving’s co – stars Kevin Durant and James Harden had been consulted about this decision, “everyone” in the organization was aware of what was going on, but that he and owner Joe Tsai were.
“In the end, Tsoe Tsai and I were in a decision, and this decision was the right move for the organization,” Marks said.