With Kyrie Irving unable to prepare for the Nets’ home opener due to New York City regulations surrounding people who are not vaccinated against COVID-19, those against vaccination mandates addressed to the team’s home stadium to express your support for All. -Star Guard.
Newsday’s Barbara Baker documented the protest, which began hours before the Nets took the floor to face the Hornets at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
One hour before the scheduled start, Baker shared an image of a protester holding a sign that reads “I’m with Kyrie,” adding that there were at least 500 people outside the arena expressing their support.
Minutes later, Baker shared a video of protesters who had bypassed the security barricades to shout “let Kyrie play.”
In a video shared by freelance journalist Scootercaster, protesters can be heard chanting “I’m with Kyrie” and “No more mandates,” as well as “Let Kyrie play.”
The protesters have just passed through the barricades into Barclay’s Center, barricades were erected and security rushed to close the doors and people chanted “I’m with Kyrie.” pic.twitter.com/IBx2qgUir0
– Scootercaster (@ScooterCasterNY) October 24, 2021
Irving, who is entering his 11th NBA season, has not been with the Nets since general manager Sean Marks announced that the All-Star guard would not be able to practice or play with the team until he is eligible to be a “contestant. full-time”.
As of Wednesday October 13, Irving had not received the COVID-19 vaccine, and he took to Instagram live to say “to be in New York City, to be on a team, I have to get vaccinated. I chose to be unvaccinated. , and that was my choice, and I ask everyone to respect that choice. “
Due to his choice, Irving is ineligible to participate in 43 of the Nets’ 82 regular-season games played in New York City, leading to the decision by Marks and the organization.
Why isn’t Kyrie Irving playing?
Under New York City guidelines, unvaccinated Knicks and Nets players cannot enter their local stadiums for games.
Posted via the Nets general manager in Marks, the team’s official statement read that “we have decided that Kyrie Irving will not play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full participant. Kyrie has made a personal decision and we respect your individual right to choose.
“Currently, the election restricts your ability to be a full-time team member, and we will not allow any member of our team to participate with part-time availability.”
How much money could Kyrie Irving lose?
Irving will miss 1 / 91.6 of his annual salary for the 43 games he will miss in New York City. You still receive financial compensation for the away games you are inactive in.
According to ESPN’s Bobby Marks, this is how the financial figures are configured:
- Each game lost at home: $ 381,181
- 41 regular season home games: $ 15.6 million
- Two regular season games against Knicks: $ 762,000
- Bonds: $ 413,000
What has been said about his condition?
“I definitely want Kyrie to be around,” Durant told reporters. “I wish none of this would happen, but this is the situation we find ourselves in. Kyrie made a decision about what she wanted to do and she chose to do what she wanted to do, and the team did the same.”
“We just have to focus on the guys in this locker room who are here … that’s all we can control,” Harden said. “But as far as we are concerned, we have a job to do. And individually, I still want to prepare for the championship.”
“I think I’ve pretty much said everything I had to say about it,” the Nets head coach said as he claimed he hadn’t heard Irving’s Instagram live. “I really want to focus on moving forward.”
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.