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Chris Brown praised Kyrie Irving as a "real hero" for his decision not to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine.

The singer-songwriter took to his Instagram stories to express his support for the Brooklyn Nets all-star guard who is forced to sit out the 2021-2022 season.

"The real hero! I stand with my brother. Whoever don't like it ... Go live your damn life. It's his choice and a damn good one. Always in my brother's corner."

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The Nets previously suspended Kyrie and declined to offer their superstar a $186 million contract extension.

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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.

Healthcare workers and law enforcement officers have been fired or quit because they refused to get the shots.

"I'm standing with all those that believe what is right. Everybody is entitled to do what they feel is what's best for themselves," Kyrie said.

"Seeing the way this is dividing our world up, it's sad to see. People are losing jobs to mandates... If you choose to get the vaccine, I support you. Do what's best for you. I continue to pray for all those out there who have lost people to the pandemic to COVID."

On Wednesday, the White House announced a plan to "quickly" inoculate 28 million children age 5-11, pending authorization from the FDA within the next few weeks.

The White House has partnered with over 100 children's hospitals in the U.S. to administer the vaccines.

The Covid-19 vaccines, which do not stop the spread of the virus, will be shipped to pediatricians, local pharmacies, churches, and clinics nationwide.

The White House expects to have 28 million children inoculated by the end of the year.

The director of the CDC announced vaccinated children will still wear face masks in schools.
 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Brooklyn Nets has suspended all-star guard Kyrie Irving from playing or practicing with the team.

General manager Sean Marks announced on Tuesday that Irving "will not play or practice" with the team unless or until he is vaccinated.

"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," Marks said in a statement Tuesday morning.

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"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."

New York City mayor Bill de Blasio announced strict Covid-19 vaccine mandates for all state buildings, restaurants and gyms.

However, authorities declared the Nets practice facility to be a "private office building" and thus exempt from the mandate.

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Irving was willing to forfeit $16 million -- nearly half of his annual $34 million salary because he is ineligible to play in 43 home games.

On Sunday, Nets coach Steve Nash said Irving's status was unclear.

"I think we recognize that he's not playing home games. We're going to have to play without him this year. So it just depends on when, where and how much."

The NBA previously stated all players who refused the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine would forfeit their paychecks for every game they missed.

Irving stood to lose $381,000 for every game he missed.
 

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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.

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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."

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Shaquille O'Neal weighed in on Kyrie Irving's refusal to get vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus.

The NBA Hall of Famer shared his opinion about Kyrie's vaccine hesitancy on Thursday.

"Whoever owns the Brooklyn Nets, get him up out of here," Shaq said during an appearance on CBS Sports radio's "Tiki and Tierney" show.

"I would go upstairs and say, 'Get him up out of here.' We can win with a two-punch and a great shooter and some rebounders like we got. Get his a** up out of here."

Shaq spoke more about the subject on his "The Big Podcast with Shaq."

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Shaq told Spice Adams and Nischelle Turner that he acknowledged Kyrie's right to have his own opinions but he said the NBA superstar should think about his teammates and the community at large.

Shaquille also said the Nets' point guard has an obligation to play all games since he's getting paid $200 million.

"I try not to belittle another man's opinion," Shaq said.

"In this game of ours, sometimes you have to think about others instead of yourself. Now, Kyrie has his views, he has his opinions. I'm not going to knock that. But, he does have an obligation because he took that $200 million."

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Kyrie, 29, has agreed to sit out all home games in New York City, which has strict vaccine mandates.

Shaq, 49, also criticized Kyrie Irving for requesting that the media respect his privacy.

"Only thing I don't like is, 'Oh, I like, can you, you know, you know, respect my privacy?' Once you sign up for this life, there is no privacy. And you have to accept it."

 

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The NBA announced that it will withhold the paychecks of star players who are hesitant to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

Superstar Kyrie Irving, left, leads a small coalition of players, including Bradley Beal, center, and Jonathan Isaac, right, who refuse to roll up their sleeves for the injections.

"Any player who elects not to comply with local vaccination mandates will not be paid for games that he misses," NBA spokesman Mike Bass said in a statement on Wednesday.

The multi-millionaire players plan to sit out home games in cities that have strict vaccine mandates.

The withholding of paychecks is among the Covid-19 compliance measures the NBA announced on Thursday morning.

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The league plans to make life miserable for the unvaccinated holdouts.

When in their home cities, unvaccinated players will be required to remain at home. When they are on the road, they must remain in their hotel rooms, and away from large gatherings.

Unvaccinated players can practice with their vaxxed teammates, but they will be tested frequently.

About 90% of NBA players have received 2 doses of mRNA vaccine, according to reports.

However, Dr. Anthony Fauci moved the goalposts again by announcing people who received 2 shots of mRNA vaccine are no longer considered fully vaccinated.

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In an interview with The Atlantic this week, Dr. Fauci said that a third booster shot is required to be fully vaccinated.

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"I've made it clear that my opinion has always been that I believe that a third-shot booster for a two-dose mRNA [vaccine] should ultimately and will ultimately be the proper, complete regimen.

"The vaccine is very successful. The durability of it is something that's a subject of considerable discussion and sometimes debate... I think we should be preventing people from getting sick from COVID even if they don't wind up in the hospital."

Fauci insisted it's beneficial to have temporary protection [rather] than no protection. He made no mention of natural immunity.

Fauci and the CDC previously insisted that the mRNA vaccine would prevent the spread of the virus.

In March, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky spoke of impending doom if Spring breakers didn't get vaccines or wear masks.

Fauci now claims he is studying the "durability" of the vaccine, meaning how long the protection will last.

Studies have shown the vaccines' efficacy fades after 3-6 months and a booster will be needed at least every 6 months.

The FDA has approved emergency use of the booster shots for people age 65 and older, and those who are at high risk, including healthcare workers and people with underlying conditions.

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The NBA is concerned about a cluster of unvaccinated players, including Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, who refuse to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, the league is concerned that "leaders" like Kyrie Irving, 29, and LeBron James, 36, are jeopardizing their attempts to vaccinate the entire NBA.

The league front office is worried that Kyrie, in particular, will convince the younger players to reject the mRNA shots or the boosters.

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Kyrie, star guard for the Brooklyn Nets, will likely comply with New York City's strict vaccine mandate which calls for unvaccinated NBA players to sit out all home games.

Kyrie's aunt said recently that NBA players could sit out all home games to protest the league's vaccine policies, which she calls oppressive.

"There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way. It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they're, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement."

She went on to say that Kyrie is not looking for a religious exemption.

"It's not religious-based, it's morals based. You may have to sit on the sideline, you might not have to be in the arena during this. If it's that freaking important to get a vaccine that, hell, it's still not preventing COVID, then I'd rather them working it out that way than to say, 'Hey, if you don't get the vaccine, then you can't be a part of the franchise that you fuckin' helped build.'"

According to CDC statistics, more than 74% of Black NY residents are unvaccinated. As a result, Black New Yorkers are most impacted by NYC's vaccine mandates.

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Black Lives Matter has accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of discriminating against Black people.

One of the leaders of Black Lives Matter's Greater New York chapter slammed de Blasio, saying his "mandate is racist and specifically targets black New Yorkers."

Chivona Newsome calls de Blasio's vaccine mandates "modern-day Freedom Papers, which limit the free will of Black people."

"Although Mayor Bill De Blasio ran on progressives values, nothing in his tenure will attest to his campaign promises," Newsome told Fox News.

"The September 13th vaccine mandate is racist and specifically targets Black New Yorkers. The vaccination passports are modern-day Freedom Papers, which limit the free will of Black people.

"The vaccination mandates infringe upon the civil liberties of the Black community. It's more than where we can dine or enjoy entertainment, it will result in loss of income. As of Monday, September 27, Black health care workers and educators will lose their jobs."

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The Brooklyn Nets and the NBA league are investigating a video that shows Kyrie Irving partying maskless at his sister's birthday bash.

General manager Sean Marks says the front office is reviewing video footage that shows Irving at a birthday party after he took a leave of absence from the team.

Irving has not played in the last three games after taking a leave of absence for "personal reasons."

Late Monday night, a video of Irving partying maskless with his sister, Asia, in a packed club began trending on social media.

Typically, young Black adults do not wear face masks while partying in nightclubs, because their Covid-19 survival rate is 99.98% and nightclubs have not been proven to be "super spreader" events.

On Tuesday, ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Malika Andrews reported that the league began an investigation into the viral video even though Irving was off the clock and on leave.

It's possible that Irving will have to quarantine, which could extend his absence from the team for another full week.

Houston Rockets superstar James Harden also learned he was NBA chattel when he was fined $50,000 for partying off the clock while not wearing a mask.

The league announced that Harden violated the NBA's COVID-19 protocols by not wearing a mask when he attended an indoor party late last year.