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New mess with Kyrie Irving in the NBA. The star point guard of the Brooklyn Nets has become a regular in recent years to generate controversy, and at this start of the season he has not lost the opportunity to return to the spotlight.
After taking a position against declaring to the media after each game (something prohibited by the NBA) or make statements in favor of the flat-earth theory, Irving, who is currently vice chairman on the executive committee of the players union, has gone one step further and has emerged as the great visible head of the players who deny the vaccine against covid-19.
According to an article in Rolling Stone magazine, the point guard is one of the 60 players who has not been vaccinated across the league within days of starting Training Camps (preseason) and recently would have started liking social media posts about “secret societies” that are “implanting vaccines in a plot to connect blacks with a master computer for “a plan of Satan.”
The crazy theory, according to current players and executives consulted by the magazine, has spread to various changing rooms and groups of players, something that complicates the NBA’s goal of vaccinating all athletes before the start of the season.
Trouble for the Nets
Leaving aside the theories, Irving’s refusal to get vaccinated is a serious problem for the Brooklyn Nets, who with Kevin Durant and James Harden aspire to be the great candidate in the East to unseat the current champions, the Milwaukee Bucks.
In New York today, it is mandatory for athletes to be vaccinated to play indoors, except with an approved medical or religious exemption. Thus, if the league denies the exemption to Irving in case of requesting it as it has happened in the Warriors with Andrew Wiggins, the Nets would lose their star point guard for all 41 games who will play at home in Brooklyn.
Rejection of the deniers
While Irving and the other denier players legends like Kareem Abdul-Jabaar have not hesitated to speak out in favor of vaccination with a strong message: “The NBA should insist that all players and workers are vaccinated or otherwise removed from teams. There is no room for players who are willing to put the health and lives of their teammates, workers and fans at risk simply because they do not know the seriousness of the matter, “said the legend of the Lakers and Bucks.