Kyrie Irving is a professional basketball player for the Boston Celtics and has publicly stated he plans to fight against mandatory vaccination. He believes that vaccines are not safe and that they should be given only when necessary.
Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers point guard, is planning to fight against the mandatory vaccination mandate.
Kevin Durant with Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets, courtesy of Getty.
This week marks the start of the Brooklyn Nets’ 2023 season. The squad will have a media day on Monday before departing for San Diego on Tuesday, September 28 for the start of training camp. For the Nets, this season couldn’t come soon enough as they attempt to recover from a turbulent 2023 season.
Coming into the 2023 season, Brooklyn was hopeful because they would be able to put their All-Star three of James Harden, Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving on the court at the same time. Last season, this was an uncommon occurrence, since the “big three” only played 13 games in all and went 10-3 during that time. According to a recent article from author Matt Sullivan, the Nets anticipated that the three would play a lot more games together this season, but that desire may already be in jeopardy.
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Kyrie likes the Instagram posts of a vaccine conspiracy theorist
The NBA does not require players to receive COVID-19 vaccines. Players on teams who play inside must, however, receive the vaccination if they live in a market that requires it. If a player declines, he or she will be unable to participate in home games. New York and San Francisco are two of such markets, and the Golden State Warriors, New York Knicks, and Brooklyn Nets all play in them. Kyrie is one of the players that is cautious about the vaccination before of the Nets’ preseason opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 3.
According to Rolling Stone, Irving, who serves as a vice president on the players’ union’s executive committee, recently began following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.”
“According to many of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league officials, stadium employees, and virologists contacted for this article over the last week, this Moderna microchip disinformation campaign has spread throughout several NBA locker rooms and group chats.”
Kyrie Irving has been like and following Instagram posts that allege “secret societies” are implanting microchips into COVID-19 vaccinations in a scheme to link Black people to a master computer for “a Satanic plan.”
Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets intends to fight New York’s vaccine mandate
Kyrie’s aunt Tyki Irving, according to Duggery, is one of a select group of individuals he considers to be his advisers. Kyrie is among the unvaccinated players, according to her, and he remains hopeful that the NBA will find a way for them to play this season without having to take the vaccine.
“With so many other players choosing out outside of him, I would like to believe they would find a way,” Kyrie’s aunt adds. “It might be every third game,” he says. So you have a whole season of being involved and on the court, but with the restrictions that they impose on you. There may be a formula by which the NBA and the players may come to an understanding.”
According to Duggery, about 50-60 NBA players are still unvaccinated for a variety of reasons. With the preseason starting in less than a week, the NBA title this year may come down to whether.