Report Details Kyrie Irving’s Position Against Getting COVID-19 Vaccine

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A report from Matt Sullivan of Rolling Stone details the hesitancy of Kyrie Irving to get vaccinated. While the NBA and NBPA have not mandated vaccines for players, New York City’s current vaccine rules would prohibit Irving from playing home games with the Brooklyn Nets.

“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”

Irving recently started 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.”

League protocols state that teams must submit a list of players and staff who aren’t vaccinated to their league testing officer.