The US basketball team Brooklyn Nets will play without Kyrie Irving for the time being. It is still unclear whether the top star has been vaccinated against Corona or not. In a statement, however, the general manager of the club made a hint: Irving had “made a personal decision”.
In the debate about his vaccination status, basketball star Kyrie Irving will not be considered by his NBA club for the time being. The Brooklyn Nets professional is not allowed to train or play until further notice. “In view of the developing situation and after careful consideration, we have decided that Kyrie Irving will not play or train with the team,” said General Manager Sean Marks in a statement – without explicitly mentioning whether the starting player has been vaccinated against the coronavirus.
The decision will apply until Irving meets the requirements to be a “full participant” again, it said. The City of New York City requires indoor athletes to provide proof of vaccination.
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Irving made “a personal decision,” the statement said. You respect your individual decision, but this limits your ability to be a full-time member of the team. “It is important that we further develop the team chemistry and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and willingness to make sacrifices.” The season goals wouldn’t change. “We look forward to the start of the season and a successful campaign that the Brooklyn borough will be proud of.”
When asked about his vaccination status, 29-year-old Irving had emphasized that this was his private matter. He has to prove that he has received at least one vaccination dose in order to be able to train and play with the team again in the arena. Otherwise, the seven-time all-star threatens to lose $ 381,000 per game that he misses due to the Corona protocol. The Nets start the new season on October 19th at the Milwaukee Bucks.