Kyrie Says He’s Not Anti-Vaxx, He’s Upset People Are Losing Jobs over Mandate


According to NBA insider Shams Charania, Kyrie Irving has explained his COVID-19 vaccine stance to his teammates and stated that he’s not “anti-vax” but is taking a stance for those who’ve lost their jobs due to vaccine mandates across the country.

Shams’s report runs counter to the accepted narrative about Irving and his refusal to take the vaccine being rooted in a conspiratorial bent.

Per Shams:

Multiple sources with direct knowledge of Irving’s decision have told The Athletic that Irving is not anti-vaccine and that his stance is that he is upset that people are losing their jobs due to vaccine mandates. It’s a stance that Irving has explained to close teammates. To him, this is about a grander fight than the one on the court and Irving is challenging a perceived control of society and people’s livelihood, according to sources with knowledge of Irving’s mindset. It is a decision that he believes he is capable to make given his current life dynamics. “Kyrie wants to be a voice for the voiceless,” 

Regardless of his rationale, Irving will not be with the Nets until he has been vaccinated as the organization ruled out allowing Kyrie to be with the team on only a part-time basis.


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