NBA club Brooklyn Nets decided on Tuesday that star player Kyrie Irving will not play any games until the basketball player is vaccinated against COVID-19.

Due to local law, unvaccinated people are not allowed to participate in indoor sports in New York.

29-year-old Irving does not want to be vaccinated (for now) and would therefore have to miss all home games of the Nets.

The seven-time All-Star could have competed in the away games, but the New York club's leadership does not want Irving to become a part-time player.

He will also not train with the Nets.

"Kyrie has made a personal choice and we respect it," Technical Director Sean Marks said in a statement from the Nets.

"Because of that choice, he can't be part of our team full-time at the moment and we don't allow any player to join us only part-time. That doesn't fit with our philosophy of creating a team that can become champions."

Irving's status has been one of the biggest stories in American sports for weeks.

Marks said at a press conference that he and owner Joe Tsai have finally decided that the guard is no longer with the selection for the time being.

"Kyrie's camp will probably not like this decision, Kyrie wants to be with his teammates. But we had several conversations and he knew what choice he made. We hope Kyrie will return to the team. We will open arms when circumstances are different."

Brooklyn Nets will not see its three star players James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (left to right) on the field together for a while.

Brooklyn Nets will not see its three star players James Harden, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving (left to right) on the field together for a while.

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Irving will not be paid for missed home games

The NBA announced two weeks ago that unvaccinated players will not receive a salary for the games they have to miss.

According to the Nets, Irving will not be paid for the home games he misses.

According to the NBA, about 95 percent of the players have been vaccinated and there are just under forty basketball players who do not see a corona vaccine.

Andrew Wiggins of Golden State Warriors decided last week to get vaccinated.

The same rules apply in San Francisco as in New York, as a result of which he also threatened to miss all home games of his club.

The new NBA season starts next Tuesday.

Brooklyn Nets is one of the top favorites for the title.

The team from New York has two of the best basketball players in the world in its selection, Kevin Durant and James Harden.

Nets GM Sean Marks says Brooklyn has decided Kyrie Irving may not practice or play with the group until he can be a “full participant.”


Author malika_andrewsMoment of places15: 01 - October 12, 2021

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