don’t you work here? Unvaccinated Nets star Kyrie Irving watches two matches in Brooklyn unvaccinated
Unvaccinated Nets guard Kyrie Irving made a couple appearances at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center over the weekend, not because New York City lifted its injection mandate for private sector employees, but because the NBA star attended as a spectator. was taking
While New York Mayor Eric Adams has relaxed the city’s mandate, allowing fans to attend games without presenting proof of vaccination, the mandate for local activists remains in place.
Expose Irving was at Barclays Center on Saturday to watch his alma mater, Duke, lose the ACC tournament title game to Virginia Tech before returning on Sunday to see his Nets beat crosstown rival Knicks to Brooklyn star Kevin Durant. Thanks for the 53 points.
Later, Durant directed a message to Adams, a famous Nets fan, accusing the mayor of using the mandate to gain notoriety.
Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) celebrates after the Nets lead against the New York Knicks in the fourth quarter at Barclays Center
‘Yeah, I don’t understand,’ Durant told reporters. ‘But at this point in time, it looks like someone is trying to make a statement or a point to flex their authority. But everyone here is looking for attention, and I think that’s what Mayer wants right now to get some attention. He will soon find out. he better.
‘But it didn’t make sense,’ Durant continued. ‘There are already people without wax in this building. We have a guy who can come into the building, I guess they’re scared of our safety? I did not understand. We are all confused. Everyone in the world is confused at the moment. In the first season people didn’t understand what was happening, but now it just seems stupid. So hopefully, Eric, you have to figure it out.’
And it wasn’t just Irving’s current teammates who were calling Adams. Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who played with Irving in Cleveland, also got in on the action on Twitter.
‘It literally makes absolutely zero sense!!!’ James tweeted about New York’s mandate.
Irving has been sidelined for home games throughout the season because of the vaccine mandate. The Nets initially intended to sit him out of practice and road games, saying they did not want any part-time players, but relented in December despite mixed results. The Nets are just 7-11 when the seven-time All-Star has played.
Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving watches the final of the ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament between the Duke Blue Devils and the Virginia Tech Hokies at Barclays Center.
Meanwhile, his position is under question for the upcoming playoff push.
Last month, NBA commissioner Adam Silver called on Adams to simplify the mandate when unvaccinated Sacramento Kings player Justin Holiday was allowed to play against the Nets at Barclays Center because his employer is not based in the city.
“This law in New York, strange to me, is that it only applies to domestic players,” Silver told ESPN in February. ‘I think if ultimately that rule is about protecting those who are on the field, it doesn’t matter at all to me that an away player who can play at Barclays without vaccinations, but a home player can not do. For me, this is the reason why they should look into that ordinance.’
Adams was confronted earlier Sunday by angry Nets fans while breaking ground at a new playground in Brooklyn, but it looks like he’s devised an answer.
“Listen, you’re right,” Adams told fans, as quoted by the New York Post. ‘Kyari can play tomorrow: get vaccinated.
Adams has said that he would like to see Irving play the home game, but cannot make an exception for one person.
Meyer told CNBC last week that the current rule doesn’t make sense, but that even though he thinks it’s “ridiculous,” he still needs to protect his constituents from sending mixed messages.
Adams said, ‘Listen, I want Kyrie on the court. ‘I would do anything to get that ring. So badly, I want this. But a lot is at stake here. And I talked to the owner of the team. We want to find a way to bring Kyrie to court, but this is a bigger issue.
‘I can’t close my city again. When we’re saying to countless New York City employees, “If you don’t follow the rules, you won’t get employed.”
Speaking to reporters last week, Irving seemed to support Adams’ statements.
“Shout out Eric Adams, man,” Irving said during a video press conference after his loss to his former team, the Boston Celtics, last week. Becoming the mayor of New York City is no easy task. And with the coming of COVID, the vaccination mandate, everything going on in our world, with this war in Ukraine, and everyone feeling it all across America, I just wouldn’t want to be in his shoes that a basketball Trying to hand over whether or not the player can come home and play.
‘I appreciate his comments and his stand. He knows where I stand.
Nets and Irving remain optimistic about their chances of playing home matches this season.
“Now we play the waiting game,” Irving said on Sunday, after Boston fans beat the Celtics on March 6 in a 126-120 loss during their 19-point performance. ‘I’m just waiting as long as you.’