MIAMI — Kyrie Irving said he hasn’t forgotten his unvaccinated brothers.
Irving received a special exemption from vaccination rules and was set to make his season debut in Brooklyn on Sunday. He advocated the broader repeal of mandates.
“I said from the start that this was never just about me and any special privileges or exceptions,” the Nets point guard said. “I think there are a lot of people who face real consequences from not being vaccinated. And I think there’s not enough talk about our important workers and people on the frontlines, and it’s just a whole community of us that really wants to stand together.
“And while I really appreciate what Mayor Adams has done, and everyone in our Nets organization, everyone sends the mayor notes and tweets or Instagram posts or whatever you call it. You know, now is the time to really get everyone involved and get everyone back to work so we can get some normality around here. But I know everyone is still feeling it, and there’s also a whole community of people who lost their jobs because of this mandate. And above all, I take care of them and stand by them.”
Representing the most prominent person disabled for refusing the COVID-19 vaccine, Irving received public support from GOP leaders Ted Cruz and Donald Trump Jr. Just last week, Cruz invited Irving to play for the Houston Rockets , because “we” let you play. He’s a damn fine player being benched by stupid democratic theatre.”
Meanwhile, about 1,400 NYC community workers were fired over the vaccination orders last month. Her unions — including the NYPD and teachers — took notice of the hypocrisyy after the athlete exemption.
The vaccine, proven safe and effective by the CDC, was mandated after thousands of New Yorkers died from COVID-19. Irving hasn’t explained why he turned down the vaccine, but felt empowered enough to lose millions of dollars in salary from not being able to play home games.
Now that his full paycheck is returning, Irving said he will help the unions.
“There are some progressive actions we can take,” he said, “yes, we will.”
Still, Irving clearly has no plans to boycott home games. He said the Exemption from athlete vaccinationsannounced on Thursday felt like a dream.
“Please take my comment seriously when I say that I’ve been pinching myself since Wednesday and Thursday because there was a time when I got really, really high hopes and just got all blown out,” Irving said. “And it’s just a degree of disappointment, and I didn’t want to get too upset. And tonight I’m still trying to focus on that game. But I know tomorrow will come eventually, and I look forward to the opportunity to play in Brooklyn again.”
Irving is scheduled to play against the Hornets at the Barclays Center on Sunday.
“It’s really hard not to think about it,” he said. “Grateful for the opportunity. But again, there is more to do in our world. And I just want everyone to stand together and know what needs to be done next and to be cared for by everyone dealing with this similar situation to mine.”
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