NEW YORK – The Brooklyn Nets listed Kyrie Irving as ineligible to play the preseason game at home on Friday, another strong indication that he has failed to meet New York’s vaccination requirement.
Irving has not been with the Nets at any of their practices in New York, where professional athletes must get vaccinated against COVID-19 to practice or play.
The law prevents the Nets from disclosing whether he has been vaccinated, but they listed him as “ineligible to play” on the injury report from Friday’s preseason game against Milwaukee.
There is nothing related to the NBA that causes a player to have that designation.
Unless Irving gets vaccinated, he would have to miss the Nets’ 41 home games and their two road games against the New York Knicks. The NBA has said they would not pay him for any of those games.
He practiced with the Nets last week when they held training camp in San Diego, but he hasn’t been with the team since he returned home.