The Brooklyn Nets removed goalkeeper Kyrie Irving, one of the team’s stars, from matches and training on Tuesday morning, a measure that will be in effect as long as the goalkeeper is not vaccinated against Covid-19. An NBA star, the player is part of a group of fewer than 5% of league players who have refused vaccination, making him ineligible for games in several states, including New York, where proof of vaccination is required for entry. in the stadiums. Therefore, Kerry could not even play at home, in front of her audience. Networks General Manager Sean Marks signs the statement below, which states that negotiations between the player and the team have not progressed in recent days and that the club will not accept partial participation from any athlete.
Kyrie Irving – Photo: Stephen Ryan / Getty Images
– Given the evolving situation and after careful deliberation, we have determined that Kyrie Irving will not play or train with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant. Kyrie made a personal choice and we respect her individual right to choose. At this time, selection limits your ability to be a full-time team member and we will not allow any member of our team to participate with only partial availability. It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our core values of unity and sacrifice. Our goals for the tournament and season have not changed, and to achieve these goals every member of our organization must look in the same direction. We are excited for the start of the season and look forward to a successful campaign that will make Brooklyn proud – as stated in the statement.
Brooklyn Nets statement explaining Kyrie Irving’s departure from the team – Image: Twitter clone
three days ago, A loophole in New York law allowed Irving to train with the team at the Nets Stadium, because it is a private stadium. However, an athlete cannot play at home, as the legislation does not allow the presence of people who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 in indoor events. Last Sunday, head coach Steve Nash already seemed resigned to the absence of one of his key stars.
“I think we already knew he wasn’t going to play at home,” Nash told reporters after training. We will have to play without him for sure this year.
According to the league, the vaccination rate among athletes was 95% on October 1. The cities of San Francisco and New York require vaccination to participate in indoor events, which directly affects the three teams that play at these venues: the Golden State Warriors, the New York Knicks and the Brooklyn Nets.
According to US ESPN, the NBA and the players’ union have reached an agreement to cut annual athletes’ salaries by 1/91.6 for every game lost to a handicap under vaccination protocols. cause this pressure Golden State Warriors striker Andrew Wiggins was vaccinated last week, although he has made it clear he feels obligated..
The NBA regular season begins October 19. Two games will see the return of the best basketball league in the world: the Brooklyn Nets themselves will face defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, and shortly thereafter the Los Angeles Lakers will face the Golden State Warriors.
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