Kyrie Irving was banned from the Brooklyn Nets for being unvaccinated. The NBA star has been a vocal advocate of vaccines and has even donated to the cause. What does this mean for other pro athletes?
Kyrie Irving has been banned by the Brooklyn Nets for being unvaccinated. This is a story about how this happened and why it was done.
The Brooklyn Nets have suspended Kyrie Irving for being unvaccinated.
Andrew Wiggins Bends the Knee of the Reluctant
There have been two developments in the aftermath of the NBA issuing an ultimatum to its players to either get the jab or sit out home games.
The Golden State Warriors’ Andrew Wiggins gave in to peer pressure and received the vaccination, making him eligible to play when the season begins. He’s not pleased about it, feeling as if he was “forced,” but he realized that “the two choices were to be vaccinated or not play in the NBA” since he doesn’t have the same power as his colleagues. Unfortunately for Wiggins, he picked the former.
His hesitation is understandable as a 26-year-old. Due to significant concerns regarding the Moderna vaccine, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, and Norway have delayed or ceased administering it to males aged 30 and younger (Denmark has put the age limit at 18 years old), citing adverse effects such as myocarditis (a heart condition). “It was a difficult choice,” Wiggins says. Hopefully, everything will work out in the long term, and I will be healthy in ten years.” Wiggins was given a single-dose Johnson & Johnson injection on Monday, which has been linked to blood clotting in the year 2021. Wiggins would have lost at least $15.75 million of his $31.5 million contract for the 2021-2022 season if he hadn’t gotten the jab.
Kyrie Irving, on the other hand, did not bend the knee and is paying a high price for refusing to give up the ball. “Given the changing nature of the situation and after careful consideration, we have determined Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the club until he is allowed to be a full participant,” Brooklyn Nets general manager Sean Marks said Tuesday morning. Kyrie has made a personal decision, and we support his right to make that decision.” Such a decision.
“At this moment, his decision limits his capacity to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not let any member of our team to participate with part-time availability,” Brooklyn Sicherheitsdienst Heir Marks said.
Irving was permitted to practice with the club prior to Tuesday since the Nets’ training facility was deemed a private site; clearly, that has now been renegotiated. “I believe we’ve realized he won’t be playing at home.” This year, we’ll almost certainly have to play without him. So it all depends on when, where, and how much,” said Steve Nash, the Nets’ head coach.
Irving will earn $34,916,200 in the 2021-2022 season. Irving stands to lose at least $16,340,000, if not more, in the two home games against the New York Knicks that the NBA stipulated unvaccinated players would not be paid for missing (aside from changing vaccination requirements that may be implemented or modified). Given that the NBA’s sole club in Canada, the Toronto Raptors, has said that players would be required to produce their papers in order to participate, that number may rise, if not be outright forfeited.
According to one Robert Barnes, there seems to be sufficient grounds to sue the Nets. I hope he’s correct, and that this is the end of this lunacy.
Irving should file a lawsuit against the Nets. https://t.co/l2AaDElbHk
12 October 2021 — Robert Barnes (@barnes law)
There is no news on the status of Washington Wizards’ Bradley Beal or Orlando Magic’s Jonathan Isaacs. In this scenario, no news is good news.
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