In the wake of Nets star Kyrie Irving’s apparently refusing to be vaccinated against COVID-19, the 29-year-old will not be part of the team until he does, the Nets announced in a surprise statement Tuesday morning. .
Just a week before the start of his regular season against the Bucks of the Nets, the team announced that Irving would not practice or play with the team – even during away games, where he is allowed to play.
“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after careful deliberation, we have decided that Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is ready to become a full partner,” the statement said. don’t qualify.” “Kyri has made a personal choice, and we respect her individual right to choose. Choice currently restricts her ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will allow any member of our team to participate with part-time availability. will not be allowed to take
“It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of solidarity and sacrifice. Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and in order to achieve these goals, That should pull every member of our organization in that direction. We’re excited to start the season and look forward to a successful campaign that will make Brooklyn proud.”
Due to local restrictions in New York, every Nets and Knicks player must be vaccinated for practice or playing home games. Irving is the only member of the nets who has not been vaccinated.