Kyrie Irving will not play or train with the Brooklyn Nets until he is allowed to participate fully in the game, said NBA franchise general manager Sean Marks.
The 29-year-old All-Star point guard is still not vaccinated against the coronavirus and therefore cannot participate in his team’s home games due to the relevant regulations imposed by the authorities in New York City.
Under city restrictions, New Yorkers must have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine in order to enter indoor venues, like the Barclays Center, where the Nets play during their home games.
Irving – who wouldn’t get paid for missed home games – would have been available for most away games, but the Nets decided to go without the seven-time All-Star player until he was cleared to play every night.
“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after careful deliberation, we have decided that Kyrie Irving will not play or train with the team until he is eligible to be a separate participant. whole, ”Marks said in a statement Tuesday.
“Kyrie made a personal choice, and we respect her individual right to choose. Currently, this choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not allow any member of our team to participate with part-time availability. It is imperative that we continue to create harmony within the team and that we stay true to our long established values of solidarity and sacrifice. ”
Irving has only played 74 regular season games in two years since joining the Nets, missing long stretches due to injury issues and personal reasons.
Brooklyn was given the favorite for the NBA title this season in the annual general manager survey of all NBA franchises.
General manager Sean Marks said on Tuesday that Brooklyn Nets goalie Kyrie Irving would not be allowed to participate in any drills or games, strongly indicating his continued conflict with New York State’s COVID-19 vaccine for them. professional athletes.
Although the law prohibits the team from disclosing a player’s vaccination status, Irving was listed as “ineligible to play” in Thursday’s preseason game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after much deliberation, we have decided that Kyrie Irving will not play or train with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” Marks said. statement He added that the player has made a “personal choice” and that “we respect his individual right to choose”.
However, Marks said: “The choice limits his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not allow any member of our team to participate part-time.”
The advertisement after a New York State went into effect last month and requires anyone over the age of 12 to have proof of at least one injection of a COVID-19 vaccine to use indoor gyms, including the Nets’ Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Irving dodged several questions from reporters earlier this month about his immunization status. In a remote press conference, Irving, one of the reporters said he wanted to “keep these things private,” adding that he “would take care of them in the right way with my team and move forward with a plan. “.
can irving It Said You lose about $ 380,000 per home game when he’s on the ineligible list.
The Nets were hoping Irving would change his mind about vaccination in time to avoid such a dilemma that would keep him from playing, but ESPN reports that in recent days, “the franchise’s collective patience will be increasingly challenged. hardship as Irving ceases to commit to joining the team full-time.