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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 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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A group of women from Texas assaulted a NYC restaurant hostess after she asked them to provide proof of Covid-19 before eating there.

The incident occurred at Carmine's on the Upper West Side when the hostess asked to see their vaccine cards. The brawl was captured on cellphone video and uploaded to Twitter.com.

Proof of vaccination is required to dine at any New York City restaurant, per mayor Bill de Blasio.

The women took offense when the hostess asked them for proof of vaccines to eat inside.

The unidentified hostess was repeatedly punched by the three women, ages 21, 44 and 49. Bystanders broke up the brawl just as police arrived.

The three women were taken into custody and transported to NYPD's 24th precinct station, according to NBC News.

It is not clear if they were charged. The women are reportedly tourists visiting from Texas.

New York City is the first major U.S. city to ask residents to show proof of vaccination to enter restaurants and gyms. Any business that fails to comply could face a fine up $1,000 per violation.

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Delta Airlines is fining unvaccinated employees $200 a month, the airline announced on Wednesday, Aug. 25.

Unlike other airlines, Delta Airlines is not mandating vaccination for its employees.

Delta says the $200 monthly charge is "necessary to address the financial risk the decision to not vaccinate is creating for our company."

The $200 fines will commence in November for unvaccinated employees enrolled in Delta Airline's health care plan.

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The insurance enrollment form states unvaccinated employees will be assessed a $200-a-month fine.

The news comes two days after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to Pfizer-BioNTech's mRNA Covid-19 vaccine which was previously authorized for emergency use.

Pfizer-BioNTech can now market its vaccine directly to consumers under the brand name Comirnaty. It isn't clear if Pfizer will charge consumers for booster shots.
 
READ ALSO: Pfizer CEO Blames Russia For Vaccine Hesitancy Among Black People
 
The Biden administration is urging businesses to push the vaccines to their employers. About 100 million Americans have not received a single dose.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio (center) is forcing public school teachers to get vaccinated.

De Blasio announced the mandate on Monday, Aug. 23.

He previously said all 400,000 city workers must be vaccinated or receive weekly Covid-19 testing.

But now, for public school teachers, weekly Covid-19 testing is not an option.

"We've got to make sure more and more people get vaccinated. We've got to make sure our schools are safe and healthy, in particular for our kids," de Blasio said on Monday.

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4 million travelers passed through the nation's airports since Saturday on their way to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families.

The TSA screened 917,354 people at airports across the country on Monday. Security screenings at U.S. airports surpassed 2 million over the weekend, as people ignored the CDC's warnings to avoid traveling over the holiday.

It's a far cry from earlier this year when Americans were terrified to leave their homes amid the news media's daily doom and gloom Covid-19 reports.

Mainstream cable news outlets saw drastic drops in TV ratings as millions of viewers fled to alternate news stations such as Newsmax and One America News (OAN) who don't obsess over Covid-19 statistics.

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Among the well-heeled travelers were Jennifer Lopez and her fiancé Alex Rodriguez who sparked outrage on social media when they shared this Instagram.com photo of their luxurious accommodations on their private jet.

Dr. Anthony Fauci ramped up his usual fear mongering, warning that 43,000 Americans will die with Covid-19 between now and Christmas.

Long lines formed outside health clinics in New York City as hundreds waited for 6-12 hours to get tested before traveling.

But NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio and NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned that a negative test does not mean New Yorkers can stop wearing masks or social distancing.

De Blasio set up "checkpoints" around the city to catch people violating his strict quarantine orders over Thanksgiving.

Violators may face fines of $1,000 to $2,000, the mayor's office has said.
 

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Mayor Bill de Blasio is under fire from Black Lives Matter activists for not cleaning up the defaced Black Lives Matter logo in front of Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan.

The NY Post reports New Yorkers are blaming the "pathetic" mayor for ignoring the paint-splattered mural on Fifth Avenue a week after a vandal was arrested.

Mark-David Hutt, 31, was arrested twice for pouring paint on the large yellow logo just after 5 p.m. on July 25, and again the next morning before 10 a.m.

Hutt was issued desk appearance tickets on both days. But the paint remains dried on the logo after one week.

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Guardian Angels founder Curtis Sliwa told The NY Post the mayor and City Hall don't seem to care about the logo now that the cameras are gone.

"It's been a full week and I asked the cops why the DOT hasn't repaired the BLM paint job," Sliwa told The Post. "They said City Hall doesn't seem to care any longer about this BLM logo. The mayor seems to have ADD on this matter, like he does most matters in NYC."

A police source told The Post that the BLM logo is no longer "the flavor of the month".

"That's what makes him a horrible mayor. Black Lives Matter isn't the flavor of the month anymore. Very short attention span, we know that already. It's just a waste of taxpayer dollars in the first place. You got between five and 15 cops sitting out there on overtime watching that stupid s--t and shootings are piling up. They're there to protect the mural, and obviously they're not doing a good job of that."

Matthew Martin, 30, called it "pretty disappointing" that the city hasn't cleaned up the logo, "considering this is probably the most notable Black Lives Matter mural in the country."

Martin said, "Leaving it like this for a week is pretty pathetic, honestly, and is a pretty good indicator of the kind of leader the mayor is."

A spokesman for de Blasio's office told The Post "inclement weather" on Friday was to blame for the delay in removing the paint and said the city Department of Transportation should be removing it on Monday.

The spokesman said the city's DOT "were doing some similar work out in Queens on Thursday."

Mayor de Blasio helped paint the movement's slogan on Fifth Avenue and on Jamaica Avenue near 150th Street in the Queens borough of NYC.

Both logos were vandalized by anti-BLM protesters.

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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio kept his promise to paint "Black Lives Matter" in huge yellow letters outside President Trump's former home, Trump Tower on Fifth Avenue.

The mayor was joined by his wife, Chirlane McCray, the Rev. Al Sharpton, and a group of BLM activists and volunteers on Thursday.

Trump slammed de Blasio's plans to paint the BLM mural outside his luxury apartment building. In a series of tweets last week, the president referred to BLM as a "symbol of hate" on one of NYC's "greatest streets." He called on police to stand up to the mayor and not let the mural happen.

Trump also criticized the mayor for not doing enough to curb violent crime in his city. Shootings in NYC have skyrocketed 200%. There were 49 shootings and 9 murders in NYC last weekend.

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President Trump sparked outrage and condemnation when he referred to the Black Lives Matter logo as a "symbol of hate."

Trump reacted angrily to the news that NY's City Council cut $1 billion from the NYPD's budget and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's announcement that a Black Lives Matter logo will be painted on Fifth Avenue in front of Trump Tower.

Trump tweeted that the Black Lives Matter logo painted in huge yellow letters would "denigrate" prestigious Fifth Avenue.

"NYC is cutting Police $'s by ONE BILLION DOLLARS, and yet the @NYCMayor is going to paint a big, expensive, yellow Black Lives Matter sign on Fifth Avenue, denigrating this luxury Avenue. This will further antagonize New York’s Finest, who LOVE New York & vividly remember the.... horrible BLM chant, "Pigs In A Blanket, Fry 'Em Like Bacon". Maybe our GREAT Police, who have been neutralized and scorned by a mayor who hates & disrespects them, won't let this symbol of hate be affixed to New York's greatest street. Spend this money fighting crime instead!"

Twitter's response to Trump's tweets were a mix of outrage and support.

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The New York City Council voted overnight to slash $1 billion from the NYPD's spending budget. The council voted 32-17 to cut the police budget just after midnight Wednesday.

The council vote came in response to demonstrations in the wake of the death of George Floyd in Minnesota in May.

NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said the money will be transferred from the NYPD budget to fund youth organizations in the city.

$350 million that would have been allocated for schools safety will be transferred to other city agencies.

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De Blasio was reportedly angry that the NYPD leaked his daughter's arrest information to a news media outlet last month. He said the leak was a violation of his daughter, Chiara's privacy.

The budget cuts will trim the police force by 1,163 cops, which Mayor de Blasio insisted would not decrease public safety or increase the crime wave the city is currently under.

Violent crime waves in the city have spiked, as murders, car theft, burglaries, and rapes are all up double digits since February.

"Today is not a day of celebration, we are not in a time of celebration, it is the time of necessity and today's budget agreement is one of necessity," Council Speaker Corey Johnson said following the vote.

Occupy City Hall demonstrators and activists say the City Council's vote don't go far enough. They demand more police reforms.

"A $1 billion budget cut can't address the racism that runs rampant in the NYPD," said Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Queens).

"We must send a clear message that it's not okay to kettle peaceful protesters, that it's not okay to place black and brown New Yorkers in a chokehold as they gasp for air."

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he was unaware about the arrest of his only daughter, Chiara de Blasio, until a reporter notified him.

Chiara de Blasio, 25, was among hundreds of protesters arrested over the weekend for "unlawful assembly" and blocking traffic at the intersection of East 12th Street and Broadway.

She was in the roadway with about 100 demonstrators, yelling and screaming and throwing objects in the direction of the police, according to the police report.

Chiara's name was released by a police union known for its hostility toward the mayor.

The union, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, posted Chiara's booking information on Twitter Saturday night. Twitter quickly snatched the booking information down and locked the police union's account.

Within minutes, Chiara's booking info was reposted on other forums and social media accounts.

Mayor de Blasio was understandably upset that his daughter's name was the only arrestee leaked by the police union.

According to the NY Times, the police department doesn't normally release internal police reports.

The booking information, which Sandrarose.com viewed, contained personal information, including her height, weight, and "curly/wavy" hairstyle. Her physical condition was described as "apparently normal."

The police union's account was still locked on Monday morning for "violating our private information policy," a Twitter spokesman confirmed to The Times.

Chiara opened up about her battle with depression and drug addiction in 2014. She received an award for speaking out about her mental illness from then-Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Mayor de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray also have a son, Dante, 22.