Kyrie Irving’s unvaccinated status was one of the talking points of the NBA preseason.
The ramifications and ramifications of his decision, not just on his career but also on the Nets’ 2021-22 season, included a fun preseason.
After stepping on a tightrope in all media interactions since training camp began regarding their position on the matter, the Nets eventually took a stand, announcing that Irving would not play or train with the team until he is fully authorized to do so.
Meanwhile, except for a brief interview about Zoom with reporters on Media Day, Irving has been silent. On Wednesday evening, the All-Star Point Guard broke that silence by going live on Instagram.
“This is about my life and what I do,” Irving said, referring to his decision not to take the COVID-19 vaccine.
“The financial consequences, I know I don’t want that,” said Irving. “But the reality is that to be in New York City, to be on a team, I have to be vaccinated. I chose to be unvaccinated and that was my choice and I want to ask all of you , easy to respect. ” this choice.
Speaking of his stance on not getting the vaccine on IG Live, Kyrie Irving says, “It’s about choosing the best for you. Do you think i really wanna lose money? Do you think I really want to give up my dream of a championship? Do you think I really just want to quit my job? ” pic.twitter.com/cYHCWGbnCo
– Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) October 14, 2021
Due to a vaccination mandate in New York City, Irving was banned from playing with the team at home games at the Barclays Center and street games at Madison Square Garden.
His stance, which he believes gives a voice to the voiceless who have lost their jobs due to vaccination mandates, has nothing to do with the Nets organization or its teammates, he clarifies.
“This is my life,” said Irving. “I can do what I want with it, that’s a body that I get here. And you tell me what to do with my body. It all has to do with what’s going on in our world. And I’m summed up in something bigger than just the basketball game. “
In addition, his demeanor and manner led to reports and discussions about the point guard leaving the game to withdraw. However, on the social media platform, he quickly put this discussion aside.
“Nobody kidnaps that voice,” said Irving.
“See if they play this on their TV channels and if they play this actual truth somewhere before you start talking about me and what I do with my life. And no, I’m not retiring. And no, me don’t go and don’t go “this game like this. There is still so much to do. “
Since Media Day, Irving and the team have only attended their training camp in San Diego, followed by an outdoor training session a week later. No training and no games.
His live session on Instagram, while clearing up some aspects of retirement and the agenda, still leaves a lot of things in the dark. Will he play or will he stay unavailable all season due to his unvaccinated status?