Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving was absent from the team’s media day on Monday due to Covid-19 regulations. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio clarifies that Irving will not play in Brooklyn’s home games this season if he does not get the vaccine.
Speaking to CNN on Wednesday, Mayor de Blasio clarified that the city’s vaccine mandate does not make any exceptions.
“We have a rule that we have to apply. Whether you’re famous, whether you’re not famous, you know, whether you’re everyday working man or woman. Get the vaccine because that’s what makes us all safe.”Bill de Blasio
De Blasio made the statement following questions on whether Kyrie would find ‘wiggle room’ in the city’s rule on Covid. Which requires ‘proof of at least one dose of vaccination for all workers and individuals in indoor entertainment and performing arts venues.’
Irving has yet to confirm whether or not he has got the Covid-19 vaccine. However, reports suggest that he has not. The seven-time All-Star has also liked and followed social media conspiracy theorists linking the vaccine to satan and secret societies.
Why the Mayor wants Kyrie Irving to get the vaccine
With the assumption that he has not received the vaccine, attention is now turning to his availability for Brooklyn’s 41 home games in the upcoming season. On Wednesday, the NBA released a statement declaring that players will not receive payment for games missed.
Mayor de Blasio lives in Brooklyn, is a big fan of Kyrie Irving and the Nets, and hopes to see the player suit up in the Barclays Centre this season.
“I’m a fan of the Nets. I live in Brooklyn. I’m a fan of Kyrie. I would just appeal to him, get vaccinated. Your fans want to see you. We all want you back. Your teammates want you back. Look, there are teams now that are 100 percent vaccinated. That’s a great example to everyone else.”Bill de Blasio
Last season, Kyrie Irving became the 13th player to achieve a 50-40-90 season as the Brooklyn Nets made it to the Eastern Conference semi-finals. The Nets enter the 2021/22 season as the league favorites to win the NBA Championship. However, they cannot afford to be without Kyrie Irving for at least half the season.