Brooklyn Nets Ban Kyrie Irving From Team Until Covid Vaccine
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Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving is excluded from the team until he receives the Covid vaccine.
“Given the changing nature of the situation and after in-depth deliberation, we have decided that Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to participate,” Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks said in a statement Tuesday. in the morning.
“Kyrie has made a personal decision and we respect her individual right to choose. Currently, the election restricts your ability to be a full-time team member, and we will not allow any member of our team to participate with part-time availability. “
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The vaccine mandate, which went into effect last month, mandates that anyone entering an indoor gym, including Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden, the homes of the New York Nets and Knicks , you must have received at least one COVID-19 injection.
As a result, Irving was unable to play in 43 regular-season games, 41 at Barclays Center, plus two at MSG, and another two preseason games at Brooklyn. Marks confirmed that Irving would only lose money for those games, roughly $ 380,000 per game.
Marks also said that when asked if Irving’s fellow stars Kevin Durant and James Harden were asked about this decision, “everyone” in the organization was aware of what was going on, but that he and owner Joe Tsai were the ones who made the decision. .
“Ultimately, this decision was Joe Tsai and I, and this decision came down to what we felt was the right move for the organization at this time,” Marks said.
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