Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets will not be allowed to play or train for the team until he has been vaccinated against the coronavirus. That’s what the NBA team said in the riots surrounding the professional basketball player’s vaccination case.
Irving opposes vaccination, but in New York City, authorities do not allow people who are not vaccinated to participate in indoor sports.
“Given the developments and after extensive consultation, we have determined that Irving will not play or train with the team until he is named a full participant,” said Sean Marks, Nets CEO. “Kerry made a personal choice and we respect him. At this time, his choice prevents him from being a full member of the team and we do not allow team members to work in partial availability.”
“It is important that we continue to build team harmony and adhere to our values of doing things together and making sacrifices,” Marks says. “Our goals for the tournament have not changed and to achieve these goals, every member of our organization needs to look in the same direction.”
Irving’s refusal to take the vaccine could cost him millions. The NBA and the players’ union have agreed to hand players a portion of their salary if they cannot play at home due to vaccination rules. According to the American sports channel ESPN, Irving will hand over $381,000 (about €325,000) in salary for each match he cannot play.
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