Kyrie Irving, an NBA star who was indefinitely banned from training or playing with the Brooklyn Nets due to his refusal to receive the Covid-19 vaccine, made a public appearance Wednesday night for the first time since the team decided not to let him in. court, stating that his refusal was a matter of personal freedom.
“Do you think I really want to lose money?” Irving, who is set to make around $ 40 million this season, said on his Instagram in a twisty monologue that included flawed medical information. More than 90 percent of the league’s players are vaccinated, far more than the general population of the United States.
“Do you think I really want to give up my dream of winning the championship?” – said 29-year-old Irving. “Do you think I really just want to quit my job? Do you think I really want to stay at home? “
The Nets said Tuesday they had banned Irving from playing until he was “a full member.” New York requires most teens and adults to get at least one vaccination to visit venues such as sports arenas, and Irving hasn’t trained with the Nets in Brooklyn. Irving joined the Nets in 2019 when they formed a superstar team that included Kevin Durant and James Harden.
Irving asked to respect his decision to remain unvaccinated and said he had no plans to retire. He explained his refusal to vaccinate by his opposition to prescriptions, stating that no one should be “forced” to do so.
Irving mistakenly argued that his decision to remain unvaccinated did not harm other people. The highly contagious variant of Delta has spread rapidly in regions with low vaccination rates. Hospitals in these areas are overcrowded with unvaccinated patients, leaving few beds and staff left to treat other patients.