Brooklyn Nets manager Kyrie Irving says he understands the work and financial challenges of his decision not to take the Covid-19 vaccine and that he is willing to stand up for his beliefs.
The Nets said earlier this week that they were giving Irving a chance as his lack of immunizations meant he would not be able to play or play in New York City, and he was not prepared to put the team in time to play on the road.
Irving responded to this Wednesday night while speaking on Instagram Live. These were his first public thoughts since September 27 when he spoke to reporters through a videoconference.
“The economic consequences, I know I don’t want to do this,” Irving, 29, said. “But it’s true that in order to live in New York City, in order to be in a group, I have to get vaccinated. I decided not to get vaccinated, and it was my choice, and I urge all of you to just respect that decision.
“I will continue to be stable, be ready to play, be ready to be shaken by my teammates and just be involved in the whole thing. This is not politics; this is not about the NBA, it is not about my life and what I choose to do.”
Time, or the like, gets a chance to play this season in the air. But Irving, who won the NBA Cup with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2016, said he is not giving up on his dream of winning another tournament in Brooklyn with winners Kevin Durant and James Harden.
And he said he was not retiring. If he does not play this season, he could lose more than $ 17 million (£ 12.4m) in games that would be played in Brooklyn and Madison Square Garden.
“Do you think I really want to lose money? Do you think I really need to give up my dream of winning a race? Do you think I just want to quit my job? , “Irving said. “… Do you think I want to quit my job because of the law, because I have no place to sleep, because I did not get vaccinated? Come on.”
Irving said it is not a pro-vaccine or an anti-vaccine. He emphasized that the decision was not a signal of a formal antitrust inquiry into Nts and NBA protests.
“You have to make yourself convinced,” he said. “‘Yo, you lose money; you lose this.’ So what’s the point? It’s not about money, my child, but I’m choosing what is best for you. “
He continued: “I am grounded in my beliefs. It’s as simple as that. I’m not against vax or being one side or the other. It’s just being honest about what sounds good to me … and my life, and that’s it … I know the consequences of the decisions I make with my life. I’m not here to cook any of that sugar. “