Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the Brooklyn Nets until he is eligible to become a full participant under local COVID-19 vaccination requirements, general manager Sean Marks said Tuesday.
“Kyrie has made a personal decision and we respect her individual right to choose. Election currently restricts her ability to be a full-time team member, and we will not allow any member of our team to participate with part-time availability. It is imperative may we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of togetherness and sacrifice, “Marks said in a statement.
“Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and to achieve these goals, every member of our organization must push in the same direction. We are excited about the start of the season and look forward to a successful campaign.”
The COVID-19 vaccine mandate in New York City requires a person to have proof of at least one COVID-19 vaccine to enter indoor gyms, including the Barclays Center, the home of the Nets, and Madison. Square Garden, the home of the Knicks.
The law prevents the Nets from disclosing whether Irving was vaccinated, but the team’s statement is a strong indication that he has not met New York’s vaccination requirement.