Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with Brooklyn Nets until he’s vaccinated, team says

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Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the Brooklyn Nets until he turns into a full participant with the team below New York City’s COVID-19 pointers, the team introduced Tuesday. Irving, 29, will be required to obtain a minimum of one shot of the vaccine to turn into eligible. 

“Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently, the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability,” Nets General Manager Sean Marks stated in an announcement. 

“It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice. Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and to achieve these goals each member of our organization must pull in the same direction.”

Kyrie Irving in June 2021.

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New York City’s mandate requires residents to have a minimum of one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to enter indoor gyms, which incorporates the Nets’ house area, the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn.

As of Tuesday, 96% of NBA gamers have been vaccinated, a league supply informed CBS News. 

Last month, Irving spoke to reporters by way of Zoom for the league’s media day, saying he want to hold his vaccination standing non-public. “I think I just would love to just keep that private and handle it the right way with my team and go forward together with a plan,” he stated. “I’m not able to be present there today but that doesn’t mean that I’m putting any limits on the future of me being able to join the team.”

The Nets open the common season in opposition to the reigning champion Milwaukee Bucks on October 19. The Bucks eradicated the Nets from the post-season and went on to defeat the Phoenix Suns within the finals. 

Justin Carissimo

Justin is an assistant managing editor at CBS News. Reach him at: [email protected]