When the Nets spoke for the first time this season since deciding not to place him as a part-time player because he refused to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, Kiri Irving made it clear he would not retire Wednesday night.
Otherwise, the Nets defender’s opinion and situation during the season has been clouded as he has tried to explain why he was not vaccinated, which will take him out of court in the near future.
“I stay based on what I believe,” Irving said in a 20-minute Instagram live session that attracted more than 100 minutes of viewers. “It’s not about being against the vaccine or being on this or that side. It’s about staying true to what is good for me. I’m still not sure of many things. And that’s good. If you ask me questions and if I have to take the time to make a decision with my own life, I’m going to be crazy, so that’s it. ”
New York City vaccines are barring Irving from hosting home games at the Barclays Center because of its unvaccinated status. On Tuesday, the team took another step, with general manager Sean Marks Irving announcing that he would not play on the team, at home or until he was “fully eligible”. mandates will change.
“What would you do if you felt uncomfortable when they promised you benefits or wouldn’t force you to get vaccinated?” said Irving. “It wasn’t a problem before the start of the season. It was something I didn’t anticipate coming to where I was preparing.”
It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. Warriors striker Andrew Viggins was recently stripped of his religious privilege for playing on a full schedule before being vaccinated.
If Irving doesn’t play home games this season due to a vaccination problem, he will lose more than $ 15.5 million.
“It’s not about the child,” Irving said. “It’s the best choice for you. Do you think I really want to lose money? Do you think I want to give up the dream of leaving after the championship? Do you really want me to quit my job? Do you think I just want to sit at home and I’m a partner?” I don’t want to learn what I grew up with … Do you think I want to give up living because of my mandate? Because I don’t have a place to live? Is it because I’m not vaccinated? they do not use it as a person on the agenda.
“It’s not about the Nets. It’s not about the organization. It’s not about the NBA. It’s not about politics. It’s not something I show clearly. It’s about the freedom of what I want.”