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The Brooklyn Nets is considering paying a small penalty so Kyrie Irving can play at home in the Barclays Center.

Just a few months ago, the unvaccinated star guard was banned from playing for the Nets at home or on the road.
 
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However, the Nets had a change of heart after a losing slump left them 2.5 games behind the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference.

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After entering the NBA's health and safety protocol, Irving was allowed to return to the Nets for away games only.

Irving made an immediate impact, scoring 22 points in a win against the Indiana Pacers last Wednesday.

New York City is under a vaccine mandate that prevents Irving from playing at the Barclays center in Brooklyn. But a loophole in former mayor Bill de Blasio's executive order could allow Irving to play at the Barclays Center.

According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, the maximum penalty for breaking the executive order is a $5,000 fine. That's pocket change for billionaire Nets owner Joe Tsai.

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However, sports analysts say Irving should be forced to get the vaccines since $5,000 would be a hardship for the average New Yorker.

MSN Sports' writer Ricky O'Donnell argues:

"A $5K fine is a huge deterrent for any normal person that wants to break the NYC mandate. Tsai and Irving are not normal people. They are ridiculously rich. Just because the fine would be chump change for them doesn't make it right."

Question: Would you pay the fine so Irving can play at home?

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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticized NBA superstar LeBron James for posting a cryptic meme about Covid-19 on Instagram.

The meme shows three versions of Spider-Man pointing at each other. Each version is labeled COVID, flu and cold.

LeBron's IG post implied there is no difference between COVID, the common cold virus or the flu.

He captioned the meme, "Help me out folks" with a shrugging emoji.

The post generated over 2.5 million likes and more than 47,000 comments.

Abdul-Jabbar, a vocal supporter of the mRNA vaccines, took to his Substack page to scold LeBron.

"The meme's implication is that LeBron doesn't understand the difference among these three illnesses, even after all the information that's been presented in the press," Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

"Well, since he asked, let me help him out by explaining the difference—and how knowing that difference might save lives, especially in the Black community.

"As is evident by some of the comments that cheer LeBron's post, he's given support to those not getting vaccinated, which makes the situation for all of worse by postponing our health and economic recovery. The CDC reports that those who are unvaccinated are 9 times more likely to be admitted to the hospital and 14 times more likely to die from COVID than those vaccinated. The number rises to 20 time more likely when compared to someone who's gotten a booster shot. By posting the uninformed meme, LeBron has encouraged vaccine hesitancy which puts lives and livelihoods at risk."

Six of LeBron's teammates and Lakers head coach Frank Vogel entered the NBA's health and safety protocol last week after testing positive for the virus. All are vaccinated and none are experiencing any symptoms of infection.

Other influential sports figures questioned the logic of quarantining perfectly healthy athletes.

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LeBron sat out one game after testing false-positive with no symptoms. He tweeted there was something "fishy" about the NBA's Covid-19 tests.

Last week NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he had no plans to pause the NBA season, since players who tested positive are asymptomatic.

"No plans right now to pause the season," Silver told ESPN.

"We've of course looked at the options but frankly, we're having trouble coming up with what the logic would be behind pausing right now... this virus will not be eradicated, and we're going to have to learn to live with it."

The CDC seemed to respond to the pushback on Monday by shortening the quarantine time from 10 days to 5 days for people who test positive without symptoms.
 

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LeBron James tested negative for Covid-19 and is cleared to play, the NBA said in a statement on Thursday.

The league said James entered the NBA's coronavirus health-and-safety protocol after testing positive for the Coof. But his subsequent tests were all negative, clearing him to play in Friday's game against the Clippers.

The news comes a day after the Lakers star tweeted a cryptic message to his 50 million followers.

"Something is REAL [fishy] going on," he tweeted on Dec. 1.

James was among the last NBA stars to get vaccinated because he was "skeptical" about the mRNA technology.

"I know that I was very skeptical about it all," he said in September. "But after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt like it was best suited, not only for me but for my family and my friends. And that's why I decided to do it."

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LeBron James tested positive for Covid-19 despite being fully vaccinated and is expected to miss several games.

ESPN reports the Los Angeles Lakers star has entered the league's health and safety protocols for Covid-19 positive players.

The NBA Covid-19 protocol requires positive players to spend a minimum of 10 days in isolation away from the team.

After that, a player must undergo a cardiac screening and reconditioning before returning to the court. Players can also return after two negative PCR tests within a 24-hour period.

"Obviously it's a huge loss," Lakers coach Frank Vogel said on Tuesday. "It's disappointing. We just want the best for him right now. That's where our thoughts are. And we have a next-man-up mindset."

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James reportedly began experiencing flu-like symptoms and a rapid PCR test came back positive.

"Hopefully this is something that's short term. We'll see," Vogel said during pregame comments to reporters.

Vogel declined to answer a reporter's question about James' symptoms.

James was among the last Lakers players to get the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines. He delayed announcing his vaccine status because he was "skeptical" of the mRNA shots.

"I know that I was very skeptical about it all," he said. "But after doing my research and things of that nature, I felt like it was best suited, not only for me but for my family and my friends. And that's why I decided to do it."

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According to more than 70 current and former staffers, Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver is an unrepentant racist who drops the N-word often.

Sarver, who also owns the WNBA's Mercury, is pictured above with WNBA player Shay Murphy.

According to the report, Sarver once told 2 basketball operations staffers to find local strippers willing to get impregnated by NBA players. He allegedly wanted the players to be motivated to remain in Phoenix close to their offspring.

The shocking details were hashed out in a bombshell report published Thursday by ESPN's Baxter Holmes.

"The level of misogyny and racism is beyond the pale," one Suns co-owner told ESPN about Sarver. "It's embarrassing as an owner."

"There's literally nothing you could tell me about him from a misogynistic or race standpoint that would surprise me," another former Suns basketball executive told ESPN.

Among the sordid details included in the report are:

  • Sarver made inappropriate comments, including discussing when his wife performed oral sex on him.
  • Sarver used racial slur to explain to a staffer why he preferred hiring Lindsey Hunter, who is Black, over Dan Majerle as head coach in 2013.
  • Sarver once asked a female employee whether he "owned" her to determine if she was a Suns employee.

 

Sarver, through his attorneys, acknowledged dropping the n-word once many years ago, but he said other allegations in the report are untrue.

When the reports were made public on October 22, the Suns issued a statement, saying they "urge everyone not to rush to judgement here. Especially based on lies, innuendo, and a false narrative to attack our organization and its leadership."

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. came out in support of NBA star Kyrie Irving who was banned from all games after refusing the Covid-19 mRNA vaccines.

The semi-retired boxing legend says he hopes Irving will inspire others to join him.

Kyrie, what's up? I know you're going through a lot," Mayweather said in a video shared on Twitter on Monday. Mayweather captioned the video:

"Choice is defined as an act of selecting or making a decision when faced with two or more possibilities. America gave us the choice to take the vaccine or not take the vaccine. As time moves on, that choice is gradually being stripped from us."

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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 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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Golden State Warriors star Andrew Wiggins got the Covid-19 mRNA vaccine after the NBA denied his religious exemption.

The NBA claims it "reviewed and denied" Wiggins' request for religious exemption last month.

The 6-foot-7, 26-year-old forward told NBC Sports in March that he would not get the shot unless he was "forced to."

At the team's media day last week, Wiggins said he would continue to stand by his beliefs and reject the vaccine mandate.

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"Back is definitely against the wall, but I'm just going to keep fighting for what I believe. I'm going to keep fighting for what I believe is right. What's right to one person isn't right to the other and vice versa."

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr told reporters Wiggins received the vaccine and will be allowed to play home games.

"Andrew got vaccinated," Kerr said.

"He just told me today that he was fine with us acknowledging it and that will be the end of it. So, I'm not going to answer any questions beyond that."

Wiggins was among a small coalition of NBA players who refused to take the mRNA vaccine.

Other holdouts include the Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving, the Washington Wizards player Bradley Beal and Jonathan Issac of the Orlando Magic.

Approximately 95% of NBA players have received the first 2 doses of mRNA vaccine. It isn't clear if any players received the booster shots.