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Brooklyn Nets point guard Kyrie Irving has spoken again about COVID-19 vaccines following New York City Mayor Eric Adams’ recent change in city mandates.
Irving hasn’t held back about how he feels about mandates missing about two-thirds of the season because of New York City rules. Adams ended the vaccination mandate for private employers on Tuesday, but city workers are still required to get vaccinated to work.
Irving took to Twitter to express his frustrations about it.
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“If I can work and not be vaccinated, then all my brothers and sisters who are also not vaccinated should be able to do the same, without being discriminated against, vilified or fired,” he said.
“This forced vaccine/pandemic is one of the biggest violations of HUMAN RIGHTS in history.”
It’s no exaggeration to say that Irving had his toughest time in the NBA as an unvaccinated player after playing in New York City, where restrictions on the unvaccinated were enormous. Irving only got to play in 29 games last season with Brooklyn, six of which were at Barclays Center.
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Meanwhile, other unvaccinated players in the league were allowed to play in their home stadiums if their city mandates allowed.
Irving began the season away from the Nets facility when owner Joe Tsai and general manager Sean Marks agreed that he should not be a part-time player. That all changed when the Nets were injured and tested positive for COVID-19 at a high rate and positions had to be filled. Irving, then, only played for the Nets when they went on the road.
It wasn’t until March of this year that New York City loosened the restrictions, saying unvaccinated athletes and entertainers could perform at Madison Square Garden, Barclays Center and other venues.
Irving is not affected by the mandate this season, but he is not going to stop being an advocate for those who are not vaccinated and are affected by them.
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“I played 29 games, I barely played home games. It wasn’t a typical season that I would have wanted. But things happen. I had to lean on a lot of bigger things than just that,” he said via New York. Mail.
Mayor Adams got a booster shot in declaring the mandate change, saying, “Our vaccinated workforce kept the city open and running, with over 300,000 employees, it was crucial to implement it, and we keep it.”
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Adams has not mentioned the end date of the mandate.