Irving ‘being true’ to himself by not getting vaccinated

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Oct 14 (Reuters) – Kyrie Irving mentioned he was “being true to what feels good” by selecting to not get vaccinated after the Brooklyn Nets determined he is not going to be allowed to observe or play with them till he complies with New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

A New York mandate requires proof of not less than one shot of the vaccine to enter giant indoor areas. The NBA has mentioned gamers who’re unable to compete attributable to native mandates will miss out on pay.

“It is not about being anti-vax or about being on one side or the other. It is just really about being true to what feels good for me,” ESPN quoted the Nets guard as saying on Instagram Live on Wednesday.

“If I am going to be demonized for having more questions and taking my time to make a decision with my life, that is just what it is. I know the consequences of the decisions that I make with my life. I am not here to sugarcoat any of that.

“The monetary penalties, I do know I don’t need to even do this. But it’s the actuality that with a purpose to be in New York City, with a purpose to be on a staff, I’ve to be vaccinated. I selected to be unvaccinated and that was my selection and I’d ask you all to simply respect that selection.”

NBA players who are not vaccinated will have to comply with a long list of restrictions to take part in the upcoming season, according to a memo obtained by Reuters last month.

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Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

Jun 5, 2021; Brooklyn, New York, USA; Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving (11) reacts after making a basket against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second quarter of game one in the Eastern Conference semifinals of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports