CNN hosts Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo launched on an prolonged rant Tuesday focusing on NBA star Kyrie Irving over not getting vaccinated towards the coronavirus. 

During the handoff between their respective packages, the liberal hosts agreed that, though Irving had the private alternative on deciding whether or not or to not take the vaccine, he would nonetheless should “suffer the consequences” of not doing what was good for the “collective goal” of his workforce. 

Irving, whose refusal to disclose his vaccination status made nationwide headlines, was banned this week by the Brooklyn Nets from taking part in any workforce actions, together with practices and video games, till he’s totally vaccinated. 

“Everyone has a choice. If he doesn’t want to do it, fine. Then he doesn’t have to do it, but one then must suffer the consequences of not doing it,” Lemon stated. “I think in the largest scope of all of this, it is all about America. Right? Humanity. We’re all one team, humanity. We’re supposed to be looking out for each other as a team and as a team you don’t just look out for what is just good for you.”

“You have to look out at what’s good for the whole, which is a team, which is America, which is humanity, which is Kyrie Irving’s team,” Lemon added. “He can’t say this is my personal thing and still be a part of that team because that’s not what is good for the collective goal of the team.”


Cuomo expressed his settlement with Lemon but in addition his disapproval of studies that Irving was selecting to not take the vaccine as a protest over employees shedding their jobs for not complying with office vaccination mandates.

Both hosts agreed that if Irving was not anti-vaccination, even when he selected to not take the vaccine himself, he ought to nonetheless advocate for different employees to take it.

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“You have the right to do something, doesn’t mean it’s right the way you’re doing it. And that has just been lost in this perverse sense of prerogative that hey, I have the freedom — you have the freedom to walk into traffic. You know, we don’t suggest you do it,” Cuomo stated. 

“We need to have the moral rectitude in our leaders that we demand of ourselves as Christians in our communities,” he added. “So you’re not going to do something science tells you to do to keep yourself and others safe in your community out of some perverse sense of freedom just because you don’t have to?”

“Chris, here is the whole point. You do have the freedom not to — so then don’t do it. But then you cannot expect to do what everyone else does. You have the freedom. And that’s what they’re telling him. You’ve got the freedom. We won’t cancel you or fire you but you’re going to be benched,” Lemon chimed in.

Both hosts then agreed that it was “hypocritical” for individuals standing up for Irving to not have stood up in the similar approach for Colin Kaepernick when he selected to protest racial injustice at NFL video games by kneeling throughout the National Anthem.