The Nets announced Tuesday that they are banning Kyrie Irving indefinitely from all games and training until he “becomes a full participant.”
Irving, the team’s starting point guard, has faced the prospect of only being able to play away from the Nets this season due to New York’s local coronavirus regulations, which require most people to be at least partially vaccinated to visit such facilities. like sports. arenas. The Nets are playing their home games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
“Without a doubt, losing a player of Kyrie’s caliber is painful,” Sean Marks, general manager of the Nets, told a news conference. “I’m not going to deny it. But in the end, our attention, the attention of our coaches and our organization should be focused on those players who will be involved here and will participate in full. “
Irving did not publicly talk about his vaccination status, begging for seclusion instead, and the Networks have been dancing around the topic for several weeks. In response to a question from The New York Times on Tuesday about whether Irving was vaccinated, Marks said: “If he was vaccinated, we wouldn’t have this discussion. I think this is probably pretty clear. “
Marks said that Irving would not be paid for missed home games, and that the decision to keep Irving away from the team was made by himself and Joe Tsai, the owner of the Nets.
“Will there be a rebuff from Kairi and his camp? I’m sure they don’t like this decision, ”Marx said. “Kairi loves to play basketball, wants to be outdoors, wants to participate with his teammates. But then again, it was Kairi’s choice and he knew about it. “
Irving missed the Nets’ preseason home game against the Milwaukee Bucks after being listed as “ineligible” on the injury record. He was also not with the Nets in Philadelphia during their preseason game against the 76ers on Monday. When asked about his absence before the game, Nets coach Steve Nash replied, “We’re just trying to take our time to figure out what this all means.”
Irving’s potential absence from home games created a quandary for the Nets, a championship team that had to weigh whether he was only worth half the time by his side. His teammates expressed their support for him.
“It will work out,” James Harden said last week, adding, “I certainly want him to be on the team. He played a huge role in our success. “
Marks said Tuesday that he would be willing to welcome Irving’s return to the team “under different circumstances.”
What you need to know about COVID-19 vaccinations
The FDA has approved the vaccination of a select group of people who received a second dose of Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine at least six months ago. This group includes: Pfizer beneficiaries 65 years of age or older or living in long-term care facilities; adults who are at high risk of severe Covid-19 due to an underlying medical condition; health workers and others whose work puts them at risk. People with weakened immune systems are eligible for a third dose of Pfizer or Moderna four weeks after the second shot.
Regulators have yet to authorize boosters for Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients, but the FDA team plans to hold a meeting to weigh boosters for adult Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccine recipients.
The CDC stated that conditions under which a person can be given a booster vaccination include: hypertension and heart disease; diabetes or obesity; cancer or blood disorders; a weakened immune system; chronic diseases of the lungs, kidneys, or liver; dementia and certain disorders. Pregnant women and current and former smokers are also eligible for assistance.
The FDA has approved boosters for workers whose work puts them at high risk of contact with potentially infectious people. The CDC reports that this group includes: emergency medical workers; educators; workers in the food industry and agriculture; workers in production; correctional workers; United States Postal Service workers; public transport workers; Grocery store workers.
Not recommended. At this time, Pfizer recipients are advised to receive a Pfizer booster vaccine, while Moderna and Johnson & Johnson recipients should await approval of booster doses from those manufacturers.
Yes. The CDC says the Covid vaccine can be administered without considering the timing of other vaccines, and many pharmacies allow people to schedule a flu shot at the same time as the booster dose.
Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden, where the Knicks play, require all employees and guests 12 years and older to show proof that they received at least one dose of vaccine as per the city mandate, unless they have an exemption for religious or medical reasons. San Francisco has similar requirements that apply to the Chase Center, where the Golden State Warriors play. Mandates in both cities mean Knicks, Nets and Golden State players cannot play their 41 home games without being vaccinated.
The New York and San Francisco regulations do not apply to away team players.
However, there is a possibility that other players could skip games if other cities pass similar regulations prohibiting unvaccinated people from attending indoor meetings. Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic and Bradley Beale of the Washington Wizards, for example, have loudly announced their refusal to vaccinate.
Either way, unvaccinated players face many rules and restrictions this season. With a few exceptions, they must stay at home or at the team’s hotel when not in games or training. They are also not allowed to eat with vaccinated teammates, who have much more freedom to dine out and interact with the public.
Michelle Roberts, executive director of the players’ association, said in a recent interview that nearly 96 percent of the league’s players have been vaccinated.