Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving will likely miss his team’s media day this year. Due to health and safety protocols, the headlining guard will not be eligible for numerous team activities. This stems from his decision not to take any dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Weeks ago, local governments in New York and San Francisco had introduced policies that demand players on the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, and Golden State Warriors be vaccinated. Refusal to abide by this rule will make players unavailable for their respective teams. In Brooklyn’s case, that involves Kyrie Irving. The all-star scorer has shared his suspicions of the vaccine through social media activity. Accordingly, he has chosen not to take any shots.
While neither his team, state government, or bosses in the NBA front offices have enforced the vaccine, consequences still lie. Irving faces the possibility of missing over half of the next season for his decision. However, per Zach Lowe, he will attend the Nets’ training camp in San Diego. As he and other players stand fervent on their position, the issue treads on for the NBA and some of its players.
NBA players against the COVID-19 vaccine
Kyrie Irving does not stand alone in his distrust toward the vaccine. Warriors swingman Andrew Wiggins and Orlando Magic forward Johnathan Issac have also expressed concern. Most recently, Wiggins vyed for a religious exemption that would allow him to play without getting vaccinated. To his misfortune, he was denied. On the other hand, Jonathan Issac, who does not have any state-appointed restrictions to abide by, shared his opinion on Twitter.
“Misrepresentation only allows for others to attack straw men, and not reason with the true ideas and heart of their fellow man. It helps no one! True journalism is dying! I believe it is your God given right to decide if taking the vaccine is right for you! Period! More to follow.”Jonathan Issac
Issac’s words likely represent to some degree what other players have felt and still feel. That said, the league could have some issues on the horizon. More states/cities may institute a similar mandate as done by New York and San Fransisco. In addition, teams with several unvaccinated players leave some organizations at risk for an outbreak during the season. Such problems could prove dire for the league and potentially the careers of various players.