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Irving ‘being true’ to himself by not getting vaccinated


Oct 14 (Reuters) – Kyrie Irving mentioned he was “being true to what feels good” by selecting not to get vaccinated after the Brooklyn Nets determined he’ll not be allowed to observe or play with them till he complies with New York City’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate.

A New York mandate requires proof of at the least one shot of the vaccine to enter massive indoor areas. The NBA has mentioned gamers who’re unable to compete due to native mandates will miss out on pay.

“It is not about being anti-vax or about being on one side or the other. It is just really about being true to what feels good for me,” ESPN quoted the Nets guard as saying on Instagram Live on Wednesday.

“If I am going to be demonized for having more questions and taking my time to make a decision with my life, that is just what it is. I know the consequences of the decisions that I make with my life. I am not here to sugarcoat any of that.

“The monetary penalties, I do know I do not need to even do this. But it’s the actuality that so as to be in New York City, so as to be on a workforce, I’ve to be vaccinated. I selected to be unvaccinated and that was my alternative and I’d ask you all to simply respect that alternative.”

NBA players who are not vaccinated will have to comply with a long list of restrictions to take part in the upcoming season, according to a memo obtained by Reuters last month.

The 2021-2022 season is set to begin Oct. 19. read more

Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Editing by Peter Rutherford

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