Brooklyn Nets star point guard Kyrie Irving hasn't played yet this season because he's not vaccinated against COVID-19, and it doesn't seem as if he's going to be getting that jab anytime soon. While there has been reporting out there suggesting Irving is against vaccine mandates (the New York City mandate is part of what's keeping him from playing) and that he wants to be a so-called “voice for the voiceless,” Brandon “Scoop B” Robinson now has more on the Nets star's choice.
Those closest to him also have shared that Irving knows anything he says will be magnified and scrutinized and he doesn’t want to be viewed as an anti-vaxxer. He’s not taking this stance to be a voice for the voiceless. He’s just not trusting of the available vaccines, according to sources.
Irving also does not want to get vaccinated because of bad experiences with his health due to basketball injuries over the years.
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It was certainly fair to have some vaccine skepticism in the beginning, but at this point they've proven to be pretty darn safe. The part about not getting vaccinated because of basketball injuries in his career makes zero sense, so that's just bizarre.
Robinson also notes that Irving has moved to a plant-based diet, and the Nets star could be waiting for a plant-based vaccine. There is one such vaccine undergoing clinical trials.
It's unlikely that New York City gets rid of the current mandate, so it's still a waiting game. Despite being away from the Nets, Irving is apparently the “happiest” he has been in years.
This isn't exactly any solace to Nets fans, and most of them would just prefer him to get the shot so he can return to the team to help them win a championship. For now, though, we continue to wait.