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Brooklyn Nets megastar Kyrie Irving had nearly 100,000 other folks explore his Instagram Are residing video Wednesday night in which he discussed his stance on now not getting the COVID-19 vaccine.
Steve Nash was now not one of them.
The Nets head coach advised newshounds Thursday he did now not explore the video and is finished talking about Irving.
Irving outdated the social media platform to address his contemporary remark. The seven-time All-Star acknowledged within the video that his decision now not to earn the vaccine is “about picking what’s easiest for you.”
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Kyrie Irving address his stance on now not getting the vaccine on IG Are residing: “It’s about picking what’s easiest for you. You assume I really desire to lose money? You assume I really desire to present up on my dream to bound after a championship? You assume I practical desire to present up my job?” pic.twitter.com/cYHCWGbnCo
Nets extraordinary supervisor Sean Marks equipped in a press release Tuesday that Irving would now not play or prepare with the group except he is entirely vaccinated.
“Kyrie’s made it determined that he has a preference on this topic. And it’s within the conclude going to be up to him, what he decides,” Marks acknowledged. “We recognize the undeniable fact that he has a preference and he can assemble his have, and simply to consume. As again, simply now what’s easiest for the organization is the dart that we’re taking.”
Exhibiting on The Glue Guys podcast (h/t Jason Owens of Yahoo Sports actions), Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium reported the Nets acquired’t provide Irving the $186 million extension he is eligible to signal.
If the Nets had tried to sustain Irving around while he is unvaccinated, he put now not need been eligible to play in dwelling video games.
A mandate from New York City requires any individual attending most indoor events, including carrying events, to show veil proof they’ve at the least acquired one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Irving is one of many few closing vaccine holdouts within the NBA. Tim Reynolds reported Thursday that 96 p.c of all gamers within the league have both been entirely vaccinated or have began the vaccination task.
The Nets are scheduled to originate the 2021-22 season Tuesday in opposition to the Milwaukee Bucks.
Irving is in his third season with Brooklyn after signing a four-year, $141 million contract in July 2019.