Nets star Kyrie Irving headlines secret COVID-19 vaccine ‘resistance’ among NBA stars
The Rolling Stone recently published a piece about the state of vaccination in the NBA, and unsurprisingly, Irving is featured in it. The article revealed that the Nets guard is among a growing group of players that are “resisting” the vaccination efforts of the league due to a wild conspiracy theory.
“Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.”
This news comes just a few days after Irving got into hot water with the Nets for not being vaccinated. Recent New York mandates require everyone above 12 to be vaccinated to enter establishments, and Kyrie’s unvaccinated status jeopardizes his chance to play in home for Brooklyn.
Kyrie Irving believing in conspiracy theories is not news to many NBA fans. If you remember, this was the same guy who was one of the first people to admit that he believes that the earth is flat. However, what may be more surprising is the fact that he’s not alone in the NBA, and that many more players share his beliefs. That might be a cause of concern for commissioner Adam Silver, as many players not being vaccinated could mean an outbreak within the league could happen.