The Brooklyn Nets took a drastic step to compel All-Star guard Kyrie Irving to get the COVID vaccine.
Irving won’t play or practice with the Nets “until he is eligible to be a full participant,” Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks said a statement released Tuesday morning. He added, “we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”
New York City has a vaccine mandate that states Irving and other Nets and New York Knicks players must be vaccinated to play at Barclays Center or Madison Square Garden.
The Nets faced a scenario in which Irving would play road games but not home games – a suboptimal situation for any team but especially a team with the talent (Kevin Durant, James Harden) to win the NBA championship.
Instead of that in one game, out the next game scenario, the Nets have decided to play without Irving unless he becomes vaccinated.
“We’re looking at putting a group of people out there that are going to be able to participate fully, and that’s what this comes down to,” Marks said Tuesday on a conference call with reporters. “We’re not looking for partners that are going to be half-time. I don’t think that would be fair not only to the team, staff ownership and fans, but to be quite frank, not fair on Kyrie either when you’re putting somebody out there who potentially can’t get the right ramp-ups and build-ups and so forth and look as good as he or the team should.”
Marks said Irving will be paid for road games but will lose salary for each home game missed – approximately $381,181 per game.
Marks declined to indicate whether he thought Irving would be available and get this vaccine so he can play this season.
“I don’t want to speak for Kyrie,” Marks said. “At the right time, I’m sure he will address his feelings and what the path may be for him.”
Marks said the decision was made…
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