On Tuesday, the Brooklyn Nets decided to ban star Kyrie Irving from the team until he gets the shot. Sadly, he was also abandoned by his teammates, who remained silent during his fight for his freedom.
Irving insisted that his vaccination decisions are not the responsibility of the NBA, his team, or New York City, and has defended his freedom as a US citizen to make his own medical decisions.
But on Tuesday, Nets general manager Sean Marks announced that Irving would be benched for the season unless he took one of the various coronavirus vaccines. Irving’s decision to forgo the vaccine “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,” Marks said.
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If Irving were to remain an active player, he would have missed at least half of the season as he could not play at home in New York or Los Angeles as both cities adopted requirements that athletes must be vaccinated.
According to the Athletic, Irving told his teammates he was not anti-vax. Still, he is against the idea that he should be forced to undergo a medical procedure because authorities told him to do so. For Irving, it’s a question of individual freedoms and human rights.
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Sadly, while the left-wing media establishment has gone out of its way to attack Irving and other unvaccinated players, Irving’s teammates have mostly remained silent on the whole situation.
Indeed, at least one attacked Irving, albeit anonymously. According to Rolling stones Matt Sullivan, a teammate made fun of that Irving is “the enigma of the century” for refusing the vaccine.
Regardless, none of his teammates – especially influential players Kevin Durant or James Harden – have come out in support of Irving’s campaign for his human rights. In fact, without saying it directly, Durant and Harden have both stated that they would like to see Irving “be on the team,” which would necessarily mean he would have to get vaxed. And while these two Nets stars haven’t openly criticized Irving, they haven’t supported him either. At the very least, they avoided any direct statement anyway. And that doesn’t offer Irving any support.
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If Harden or Durant supported Iriving, maybe they would even say, “We won’t play without Kyrie,” the Nets would have no choice but to back down.
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