Kyrie Irving’s unvaccinated status has been one of the talking points of the NBA preseason.
The aftermath and impact of his decision, not only on his career, but on the Nets’ 2021-22 season have encompassed what has been an entertaining preseason.
After stepping a tightrope in all media interactions since training camp began regarding their stance on the issue, the Nets finally took a stand and announced that Irving would not be playing or training. with the team until he is fully eligible to do so.
Meanwhile, Irving has remained silent other than a brief Zoom interview with reporters on Media Day. On Wednesday night, the All-Star point guard broke that silence by taking to Instagram live.
“It’s about my life and what I choose to do,” Irving said in reference to his decision not to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The financial consequences, I know I don’t even want to do that,” Irving said. “But it’s true that in order to be in New York, to be part of a team, I have to be vaccinated. I chose not to be vaccinated, and it was my choice, and I would ask you all to just respect this choice.
Kyrie Irving discusses her position on not getting the vaccine on IG Live: “It’s about choosing what’s best for you. Do you think I really want to lose money? Do you think I really want to give up my dream of chasing a championship? Do you think I really want to quit my job? pic.twitter.com/cYHCWGbnCo
– Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 14, 2021
It was due to a New York City vaccination warrant that Irving was not allowed to play with the team in home games at Barclays Center and road games at Madison Square Garden.
His position, which, according to him, gives a voice to the voiceless who have lost their jobs due to vaccination warrants, has nothing to do with the organization of the Nets or his teammates, he says.
“This is my life,” Irving said. “I can do whatever I want with it, it’s a body I get here. And you tell me what to do with my body. It has everything to do with what’s going on in our world. And I’m grouped together. into something that’s bigger than the simple game of basketball. “
Additionally, his position and nature have prompted reports and discussions about the point guard who left the game to retire. However, on the social media platform, he quickly ended this discussion.
“Nobody is hijacking that voice,” Irving said.
“See if they broadcast this on their TV channels and if they broadcast this truth somewhere before you start talking about me and what I do with my life. And no, I’m not retiring. And no, I’m not leaving. This game like this. There is still so much work to be done. “
Since Media Day, Irving has only competed with the team at their training camp in San Diego, followed by outdoor training a week later. No training and no games.
Her live Instagram session, while clarifying some aspects of retirements and agendas, still leaves a lot of uncertainty. Will he play or will he be unavailable all season due to his unvaccinated status?