The Brooklyn Nets’ point guard Kyrie Irving will not be allowed to play games or practice with his team until he is fully “eligible” to do so, the team announced on Tuesday.
Irving’s vaccine status remains unknown.
“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,” the team’s general manager, Sean Marks, said in a statement. “
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,” the statement continued.
“It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice. Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and to achieve these goals each member of our organization must pull in the same direction. We are excited for the start of the season and look forward to a successful campaign that will make the borough of Brooklyn proud.”
Irving will not be allowed to play with the team until he is “eligible to be a full participant,” Marks said.
The Barclay’s Center, where the Nets play their home games, is subject New York state requirements that anyone over the age of 12 must be vaccinated to enter “certain covered premises,” according to The Daily Wire.
During the team’s media days, Irving had participated via video, causing speculation that he had not yet been vaccinated.
The NBA is not requiring players to be vaccinated to participate in games, but many players are still subject to local ordinances.
The Golden State Warriors’ forward Andrew Wiggins is currently unable to play home games due to San Francisco’s city ordinance requiring vaccination without exemptions at the Chase Center, where the team plays.
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