Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the Brooklyn Nets until he becomes a full participant with the team under New York City’s COVID-19 guidelines, the team announced Tuesday. Irving, 29, will be required to receive at least one shot of the vaccine to become eligible.
“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,” Nets General Manager Sean Marks said in a statement.
“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.”
New York City’s mandate requires residents to have at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine to enter indoor gyms, which includes the Nets’ home arena, the Barclays Center in downtown Brooklyn.
As of Tuesday, 96% of NBA players have been vaccinated, a league source told CBS News.