Kyrie Irving took to Instagram Stay to converse out after the Brooklyn Nets determined not to embrace him of their 2021-22 plans till he’s both vaccinated or if New York Metropolis lifts its COVID mandates.
“This is my life,” Irving mentioned (h/t ESPN.com). “I get to do no matter I need with this. That is one physique that I get right here. And you might be telling me what to do with my physique.
“This has everything to do with what is going on in our world. And I am being grouped into something that is bigger than just the game of basketball.”
Due to New York Metropolis’s protocols, Irving can’t play in any video games at Barclays Middle if he has not obtained a minimum of one shot of the COVID vaccine — which he has chosen not to do.
“You got to make these convictions yourself,” Irving mentioned. “‘You are going to lose out on money; you are going to lose out on this.’ So what? It is not about the money, baby. It is about choosing what is best for you.”
The 29-year-old seven-time All-Star is ready to lose out on all cash that was owed to him for Nets dwelling video games, solely, as common supervisor Sean Marks outlined. He might stand to lose over $15 million ought to he miss all 41 video games scheduled for Barclays Middle.
“The financial consequences, I know I do not want to even do that,” Irving mentioned. “However it’s the actuality that so as to be in New York Metropolis, so as to be on a crew, I’ve to be vaccinated. I selected to be unvaccinated, and that was my selection, and I might ask you all to simply respect that selection.
“You really think I want to lose money? You think I really want to give up on my dream to go after a championship? You think I really just want to give up my job? Think I really just want to sit at home and not go after the things with my teammates that I have been able to grow with, to learn with, to learn that it takes sacrifice in this space… You think I want to give up my livelihood because of a mandate? Because I don’t have accommodations? Because I am unvaccinated? Come on.”
The Nets open their season on Tuesday night time in Milwaukee in opposition to the defending-champion Bucks — the identical crew who bounced them out of the playoffs final yr.
“I am going to just continue to stay in shape, be ready to play, be ready to rock out with my teammates, and just be part of this whole thing,” Irving mentioned. “This is not a political thing; this is not about the NBA, not about any organization. This is about my life and what I am choosing to do.”