Kyrie Saga Continues

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Irving Explains his Decision on Instagram Live, Nets Remove Extension Offer

The Kyrie Irving saga continues and doesn’t seem to have an end in sight.

The Brooklyn Nets superstar point guard has received plenty of backlash over the past couple of days regarding his latest opinion on his vaccine stance. In an attempt to explain his decision, Irving appeared on Instagram Live late last night.

“The financial consequences, I know I do not want to even do that,” Irving said. “But it is reality that in order to be in New York City, in order to be on a team, I have to be vaccinated. I chose to be unvaccinated, and that was my choice, and I would ask you all to just respect that choice.

“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. 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.”

Irving also clarified that he is not upset with his teammates, the Nets organization, or even the NBA. He also emphasized that he is not aiming to make a political statement, but more so believes that he is doing what he feels is right. The 29-year old finished his Live mentioning that he has no plans to retire and while it is uncertain when he will be able to return to the team, it appears that Irving still hopes to continue his playing career one way or another.

“Nobody is hijacking this voice,” Irving said. “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 am doing with my life. And no, I am not retiring. And no, I am not going and leaving this game like this. There is still so much more work to do.”

On the Nets side, Irving’s latest transgressions have forced the organization to pull their four-year, $186 million contract extension off the table. The team originally hoped to figure out an extension during training camp but with the uncertainty surrounding Irving’s future, the Nets have almost enter wait-and-see mode.

“He was willing to sacrifice, at the end of the day, $16 million in salary this upcoming year,” said Shams Charania of The Athletic on The Glue Guys podcast. “And $186 million as far as an extension that he will not be offered now. I do know he has wanted to retire with the Nets. That’s why he went there. For most of the offseason, I think it was pretty well assured that he was going to sign an extension. That James Harden was going to sign an extension. And neither of that has happened.”

There is no telling how or when this saga will come to its conclusion.

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