The Brooklyn Nets will no longer offer NBA all-star Kyrie Irving a contract extension after he refused to get the experimental mRNA vaccine.
The decision means Kyrie will lose $186 million, in addition to $16 million of his $34.9 annual salary.
The news comes days after the Nets suspended Kyrie and announced that he can not practice or play in any games with the team in the 2021-2022 NBA season.
Previously, Kyrie was barred from playing home games in New York City or eating with the team - even if he tested negative for Covid-19.
Kyrie has said he is not anti-vaccine, however, he is taking a stand against New York City's strict vaccine mandates that are unfair to workers.
A source close to Kyrie told The Athletic that Irving is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. He has explained his concerns to close teammates, who support him being closed doors.
NBA player Michael Porter, Jr. waited until after signing a $207 million extension before refusing the Covid-19 vaccine.
72,000 nurses, doctors and healthcare workers in New York have been fired for refusing the vaccines.