The NBA star Kyrie Irving, who plays for the Brooklyn Nets, is set to miss his home games “for the foreseeable future” because he is unvaccinated against COVID-19.
“I think we recognize he’s not playing home games,” Nets coach Steve Nash told NJ.com. “We’re going to have to for sure play without him this year. So, it just depends on when, where, and how much.”
“I think right now we assume he’s not going to be available for home games. Anything can change. Who’s to say the city’s ordinance could change? Anything could change,” Nash added. “I think right now we’re just trying to remain flexible, open-minded and figure it out as we go because information is coming in by the half-day here. Whether it’s Paul (Millsap’s) situation, Kyrie’s situation, or the laws. We found out Friday he could come in the building. So things are shifting, no one’s been through this before, and we’re just trying to figure it out as we go.”
Irving has not openly discussed his vaccination status since media day when he said it was “private.”
“I like to keep that stuff private, man,” Irving said when asked about his vaccination status, according to Forbes. “I’m a human being first…I would love to just keep that private and handle it the right way with my team and go forward together with a plan. Obviously, I’m not able to be present there today, but that doesn’t mean I’m putting any limits on the future of me being able to join the team.”
When asked at the time if he would still play in front of fans in Brooklyn, Irving replied, “I know that I’ll be there every day no matter what and just be present for my teammates as one of the leaders on the team, be there for my growing tribe off the court and just tie in the journey together…In this space, I do want to accomplish more than I have in the last few years. I felt like I’ve fallen short alongside my teammates of just achieving that goal that we’re all trying to go after.”
“I know that the focus has to be at an all-time high, no distractions, and this was the last thing I wanted to create, was more distractions and more hoopla and more drama around this,” he continued.
Irving also seemingly addressed his vaccination status on Twitter over the weekend.
“I am protected by God, and so are my people,” he tweeted on Saturday. “We stand together.”
I am protected by God and so are my people. We stand together.
— A11Even (@KyrieIrving) October 9, 2021
It seems that Irving will play in the Nets’ opener in Milwaukee on October 19, then be on the sidelines for the next six home games in Brooklyn.
This piece was written by James Samson on October 11, 2021. It originally appeared in RedVoiceMedia.com and is used by permission.
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