Brooklyn Nets star Kyrie Irving broke his silence on why he selected to forgo getting the coronavirus vaccine and probably placing his NBA profession in jeopardy.

Irving made his remarks late Wednesday evening on Instagram Live. He mentioned he has no plans to retire.

“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. That’s the role I play, but I never wanted to give up my passion, my love, my dream just over this mandate,” he mentioned.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets cheers from the bench during a preseason game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Oct. 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.

Kyrie Irving of the Brooklyn Nets cheers from the bench throughout a preseason recreation towards the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on Oct. 3, 2021 in Los Angeles, California.
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Irving, who stands to lose half of his $35 million wage for skipping video games over the vaccine guidelines, mentioned his stand wasn’t about cash.

“So what? It’s not about the money. It’s not always about the money. It’s about choosing what’s best for you. You think I really want to lose money?”

NETS BAN KYRIE IRVING FROM TEAM OVER VACCINATION STATUS

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots the ball during the game against the Detroit Pistons on March 13, 2021, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets shoots the ball throughout the recreation towards the Detroit Pistons on March 13, 2021, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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The level guard mentioned he supported individuals who have been and weren’t vaccinated and made no indication he was towards being vaccinated. He made clear he simply wasn’t getting the jab.

“Once again, I’m going to repeat this. This is not about the Nets, this is not about the organization, it’s not about the NBA, it’s not politics. It’s not any one thing. It’s just about the freedom of what I want to do,” he mentioned.

The Nets drew a pink line on Irving’s availability for the 2021-22 season. On Tuesday, common supervisor Sean Marks mentioned Irving isn’t going to be a part-time participant.

“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 mentioned.

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles during the first half against the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center on April 16, 2021 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Kyrie Irving #11 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles throughout the first half towards the Charlotte Hornets at Barclays Center on April 16, 2021 within the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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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.”

Irving isn’t eligible to play in house video games, the place a New York mandate requires skilled athletes on the town’s groups to be vaccinated to observe or play in public venues.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.