Brooklyn Nets to be Subjected to Fine if Kyrie Irving is to Play Home Games
If the Brooklyn Nets are really serious about competing this season, they can have Kyrie Irving back for good.
Let me explain.
According to New York state law, unvaccinated individuals are not allowed to participate in indoor events, but there happens to be a loophole to just about every rule. Irving would be able to play in Nets home games if the organization is willing to pay a small fine according to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News.
The first offense would be granted a warning after which a fine will be instituted. Following the fifth offense, every incident that follows will cost the team $5,000, meaning the Nets would be charged right around $100,000 for the remainder of the season, or a similar penalty for insulting an NBA referee.
Kyrie Irving could be available in Nets home games if Brooklyn is willing to pay a ‘small fine’, per @SBondyNYDN
1st offense: Warning.
2nd offense: $1K fine.
3rd offense: $2K fine.
4th offense: $5K fine.
5th offense to infinity offenses: $5K fine
— NBA Central (@TheNBACentral) January 12, 2022
After missing the start of the season, Irving has played in the Nets past three road games and has averaged 17.7 points and five rebounds per game while shooting 45.8-percent from the field. Back at the start of the season, the organization claimed that they would not welcome Irving back until he could be a full participant on the team.
“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,” Nets GM Sean Marks said in a statement at the time. “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 term, and we will permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”
There seems to have been a material change since then.