Brooklyn Nets star on bench, Kyrie Irving, insisted Wednesday night that he “chooses what is best for him”, opting against the Covid-19 vaccination which caused him to leave the floor of the NBA.
In his first comments since the Nets said Irving wouldn’t play or train until he complied with New York City health codes, the peerless goalie said it was the price he was willing to pay for not getting vaccinated against a virus that has killed more than 722,000 Americans.
Irving is in the middle of a four-year, $ 136.49 million contact that would net him $ 34.9 million this season. The Nets begin their 2021-22 campaign Tuesday in Milwaukee against defending champions Bucks.
“It’s not about the money, baby. It’s not always about the money,” he said in an Instagram Live post.
“It’s about choosing what’s best for you. Do you think I really want to lose money? Do you think I really want to give up my dream of chasing a championship? Do you think I really want to quit my job? “
Irving employers play their home games at the Barclays Center in New York City’s Brooklyn neighborhood and city health codes require at least one injection of the Covid-19 vaccine to enter indoor gyms.
So the Nets were considering an uncomfortable 50% use of Irving before announcing on Tuesday that they would simply leave without him.
“Kyrie made a personal choice, and we respect her individual right to choose,” Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement.
“Currently, the 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 build the chemistry in team and stay true to our long-standing values of unity and sacrifice. “
Vaccinations have proven to be a valuable tool in slowing the spread of Covid-19 and mitigating the impact on those infected.
Nearly 188 million people in the United States, aged 12 and over, have been fully vaccinated, representing 56.6% of the total population, according to the latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.