The Brooklyn Nets are preparing for their superstar guard Kyrie Irving to miss all home games in the upcoming season.
With the NBA season opener just two weeks away, the NBA has done all it could to convince Kyrie to take the Covid mRNA vaccines.
According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Kyrie shows no signs of complying with New York City’s strict Covid guidelines.
Wojnarowski tweeted on Tuesday:
“There had been previous optimism Irving would get vaccinated and fulfill local mandates, but that hope is waning and Irving’s continued resistance to vaccination has Nets preparing for possibility they’ll be without him for home practices and games for foreseeable future.”
Kyrie is apparently willing to give up $300,000 per home game for the entire season.
Golden State Warriors star Andrew Wiggins reluctantly took the shot rather than forfeit $8 million in salary.
“You don’t own your own body,” said Wiggins, who added that he felt “forced” to take the shot.
“It came down to get the vaccination or don’t play basketball,” he told reporters.
“I’m 26. I have two kids … I’m trying to generate as much money as I can for my kids and my future. Trying to create generational wealth… Hopefully it works out in the long run [and] in 10 years I’m still healthy.”
NBA spokesman Mike Bass says: “Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses.”
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) September 29, 2021