Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving apparently has no plans to get vaccinated, a choice that may value him tens of millions of {dollars}. Yet, as OutKick founder Clay Travis noted, Irving isn’t receiving close to the identical help from the mainstream media that different athletes have for their very own stances (Colin Kaepernick, anybody?)

FILE – Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving handles the ball throughout an NBA basketball sport in opposition to the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas, on this Thursday, May 6, 2021, file photograph. Unable to attend the Brooklyn Nets’ media day, Kyrie Irving requested for privateness Monday when pressed about his vaccination standing and availability for dwelling video games.
(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Regardless of your private opinions on the COVID vaccine mandate, Kyrie Irving is the primary American athlete within the twenty first century to truly hand over tens of millions of {dollars} for his beliefs,” Clay tweeted. “Every different ‘brave’ athlete has made extra money for their political opinions.”

Because of a New York City mandate, Irving can be ineligible to play dwelling video games in Brooklyn. He may nonetheless play within the majority of highway video games with out the vaccine — however the Nets decided he either is eligible to play in all, or none. In other words, they won’t allow Irving to be a part of things if he’s not vaccinated.

That leaves Irving with three options. He can either wait for the mandate to be lifted, or to be traded, or to sit out the season. Of course, he could also receive the vaccine, but again, that doesn’t appear to be within the playing cards for him.

Irving defined his place in an Instagram Live publish.

FILE - Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots against the Milwaukee Bucks during the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series in New York, in this Saturday, June 5, 2021, file photo. Players like Kyrie Irving, who has refused to say if he will be vaccinated against COVID-19, will be subject to testing on all NBA practice, travel and game days this season. Fully vaccinated players will not. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

FILE – Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving (11) shoots in opposition to the Milwaukee Bucks throughout the second half of Game 1 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff collection in New York, on this Saturday, June 5, 2021, file photograph. Players like Kyrie Irving, who has refused to say if he will likely be vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19, will likely be topic to testing on all NBA observe, journey and sport days this season. Fully vaccinated gamers won’t. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)
(AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)

“I am doing what’s best for me. I know the consequences here and if it means that I’m judged and demonized for that, that’s just what it is,” Irving said. “That’s the role I play, but I never wanted to give up my passion, my love, my dream just over this mandate.”

Of course, being “demonized” by the media is strictly how it’s enjoying out. Unlike Kap and crew, there isn’t a celebration of an athlete’s beliefs if it doesn’t fall in step with what the media mobs demand.

“It’s fascinating to me how quickly the sports media fall all over themselves to praise the ‘bravery’ of athletes who make more money for their opinions and are ripping the guy who stands to lose tens of millions for his,” Clay wrote.

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets cheers from the bench during a pre season game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets cheers from the bench throughout a pre season sport in opposition to the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on October 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
(Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

But Irving has extra help than most media members need you to imagine. No lower than former teammate J.R. Smith stood up for Irving.

“Extremely proud of you bro!” Smith tweeted, tagging Irving.