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Why Kyrie Irving gets exactly what he deserves

“Kyrie made a personal choice and we respect her individual right to choose,” Marks said in a statement. “Currently, the choice limits 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-established values ​​of unity and sacrifice. “

Which one is, exactly, which should happen. And shows that vaccination mandates are working. (New York has a vaccination mandate for people entering gyms, which includes the Barclays Center, where Irving and the Nets play.)

Let’s review how we got there.

On Nets media day last month, Irving refused to disclose his vaccination status, saying he “would like to keep it all private.” Earlier this month, while still not revealing his vaccine status, Irving tweeted this: “I am protected by God and my people too. We are united.
In an attempt to further clarify his position, sources “with knowledge of Kyrie’s state of mind” told The Athletic’s Shams Charania that Irving is “not anti-vaccine and his position is that he is upset that people are losing their jobs because of the vaccination warrants. … For him, this is a fight bigger than the one on the ground and Irving challenges a perceived control of society and peoples’ livelihoods.

Which one, uh, what? Like, go read those sentences again. It literally makes no sense.

Because Irving apparently refuses to be vaccinated – and because of New York’s ban on unvaccinated people from entering gyms – he was going to be banned from playing in any of the 41 home games the Nets have. play in Brooklyn as well as on the Two Roads games they play in Manhattan at Madison Square Garden.

Marks on Tuesday took another step to say Irving won’t play or train at all with the team – unless and until he gets the shot, again noting that Irving had made a “personal choice … which restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team.”

And it is there.

Irving has the right to choose not to be vaccinated – although vaccines are overwhelmingly successful in preventing hospitalizations and deaths from Covid-19, and a fully vaccinated (or close to) society is our only real one. chance to completely return to normal in this country.

But given what we know about the contagiousness of Covid-19 and the serious threat unvaccinated people pose to themselves and others, the Nets – and society in general – have a right to say that you simply cannot be a part of who they are. Make. Because actions have consequences. And while you can choose to do whatever you want with your body, you also have to accept that your choice could very well negatively affect other parts of your life.

If we’ve learned anything from this long and painful pandemic, it’s that we’re all connected. When a person makes a bad choice, it’s not just their bad choice. It’s a bad choice that, left alone, could have bad consequences for people trying to do the right thing.

This is why the decision of Marks and the Nets is perfect. Irving made his choice. Now he has to live with the consequences.