NBA star Kyrie Irving defends decision not to get COVID-19 vaccine

NBA star Kyrie Irving has defended his decision to not get the COVID-19 vaccine, effectively ruling him out for the foreseeable future.

Irving, 29, is a one-time NBA champion and seven-time NBA all-star who has been part of the Brooklyn Nets since joining back in 2019. He’s been heralded as one of the best point guards in the game for many years now and as we look ahead to the future of the sport’s premier organisation, it certainly feels as if he has the potential to do even greater things before hanging up his sneakers.

Alas, that may not come to fruition for quite some time after the Nets confirmed he will not be allowed to play for the franchise until he is eligible to become “a full participant” under New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine rules.

The vaccine controversy continues

In a recent Instagram Live, Irving was defiant in suggesting that he didn’t want to be forced into taking the vaccine.

“Do what’s best for you, but I am not an advocate for either side.

“I am doing what’s best for me.

“I know the consequences here, and if it means that I’m judged and demonised for that, that’s just what it is, that’s the role I play.”

“No, I’m not retiring, and no, I’m not going and leaving this game like this. There’s still so much more work to do.”

The 2-1 Nets will attempt to focus on what’s happening on the court this evening when they take on the unbeaten Minnesota Timberwolves.

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