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Brooklyn Nets to Begin Season with Kyrie Irving Away from the Team

He either gets vaccinated and plays, or he doesn’t play at all.

The Brooklyn Nets came down with a very concrete decision this week on the on-going status of Kyrie Irving, who at this time remains unvaccinated and is not permitted under local regulations to participate in indoor activities.

While Irving can still play outside of Brooklyn, the team will keep the superstar guard away from the team until he can be a full participant.

“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant,” said Nets GM Sean Marks in a statement. “Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability. It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice. Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and to achieve these goals each member of our organization must pull in the same direction. We are excited for the start of the season and look forward to a successful campaign that will make the borough of Brooklyn proud.”

Whether or not Irving will get the vaccine, there are have been some strange new developments in this on-going saga according to Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Irving is said to not be anti-vaccine, but is more-so upset that people are losing their jobs due to the vaccine mandate.

“It’s a stance that Irving has explained to close teammates,” writes Charania. “To him, this is about a grander fight than the one on the court and Irving is challenging a perceived control of society and people’s livelihood, according to sources with knowledge of Irving’s mindset. It is a decision that he believes he is capable to make given his current life dynamics.”

As one source close to the situation said, Irving “wants to be the voice for the voiceless” and seems likely to miss out on his $16-plus million salary this season and forgo a $186 million extension if his stance does not change.

There is no telling how this situation will end.

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