Nets: Kyrie Irving won’t play until he’s eligible as “full participant”

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Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving will not be allowed to play or practice until he “qualifies to be a full participant” under local COVID-19 vaccine rules, Nets general manager Sean Marks said in a statement. Statement Tuesday.

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running news: New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate requires individuals to have proof of at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine to enter indoor arenas or gyms.

  • When asked about his vaccine status last month, Irving told reporters, “Honestly, I like to keep that stuff private,” per CBS.
  • He said he would “handle it right with my team and go ahead with a plan.”
  • It was previously unclear whether the Nets would allow Irving to play in the road game, but Marks said on Tuesday that the team “will not allow any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”

What are they saying: “Given the changing nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided that Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he becomes a full partner,” Marx said in a statement. does not qualify.”

  • “Kyari has made a personal choice, and we respect her individual right to choose,” he added.
  • “It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values ​​of solidarity and sacrifice,” Marx said.
  • Marx also stated that the goal of winning the championship has not changed, but requires “every member of our organization”. [pulling] in the same direction.”

big picture: Last season, Irving averaged 26.9 points per game, the ninth highest in the NBA. by ESPN.

go in: Non-vaccinated NBA players sidelined by vaccine mandate will lose pay

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