The Brooklyn Nets have confirmed that Kyrie Irving will not be allowed to play or practice until he is “eligible to be a full participant” in other words, until he gets vaccinated in compliance with New York state no jab, no job policy.
Brooklyn Nets general manager, Sean Marks, said in a statement on Tuesday: “Given the evolving nature of the situation and after thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant.”
“Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we respect his individual right to choose. Currently the choice restricts his ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we will not permit any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”
Kyrie, who yet to speak publicly about his team’s decision but has instead asked for privacy. He stands to lose $381,000 for every home game he misses – totalling $15.5 million if he sits out all 41 Brooklyn Net’s home games.
Nets head coach Steve Nash told reporters on Sunday, “I think we recognize he’s not playing home games,”
“We’re going to have to, for sure, play without him this year, so it just depends on when, where, and how much.”
His team mates have spoken out in support of Kyrie: “It’ll work itself out,” James Harden said. “I want him to be on the team, of course. He’s been a huge part of our success.”
Kevin Durant added, “We want him here for the whole thing. We want him for games, home games, practices, away games, shootarounds, all of it. So hopefully, we can figure this thing out.”
Last season, the seven-time All-Star and three-time member of the All-NBA Team had one of his best seasons and played in the most games of the Nets’ three stars – averaging 27 points per game on 50-40-90 shooting.