Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving apparently has no plans to be vaccinated , a decision that will cost him tens of millions of dollars. Yet as the founder of OutKick Clay Travis , Irving doesn't get about the same support from the mainstream media that other athletes have for their own positions (Colin Kaepernick, are you up to it?)
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FILE - Brooklyn N ets guard Kyrie Irving handles the ball during an NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas this Thursday, May 6, 2021, file photo. Unable to attend On Brooklyn Nets media day, Kyrie Irving requested confidentiality Monday when asked about her vaccination status and availability for home games. (AP Photo / Tony Gutierrez)
Regardless of your personal opinions on the COVID vaccine mandate, Kyrie Irving is the first American athlete of the 21st century to drop tens of millionsdollars for his beliefs, Clay tweeted . "All the other " courageous "athletes made more money for their political beliefs. fts-responsive -image>
Due to a warrant from New York City, Irving ne would not be eligible to play home games in Brooklyn. He could still play in the majority of road games without the vaccine - but the Nets has decided that he is eligible to play in all or none. In other words, they won't allow Irving to be a part of things if he's not vaccinated.
That leaves Irving with three options. He can either wait until the mandate is lifted, be exchanged, or be absent from the season. Of course, he could also receive the vaccine, but again, that doesn't seem to be in the cards for him.
Irving explained his position in a Live Instagram Post .
Kyrie Irving # 11 of the Brooklyn Nets applauds from the bench during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian / Images)
But Irving has more support than most members of the media want you to believe. No less than former teammate JR Smith I got up for Irving .
"Extremely proud of you brother! Smith tweeted , tagging Irving.