NBA’s Kyrie Irving Could Earn Up to $19M Without Playing Amid Vaccine Controversy

*We previously reported that Kyrie Irving will not play with

the Brooklyn Nets because a New York mandate requires

athletes on the city’s pro teams to be vaccinated against

COVID-19, and he refuses to get one.


Irving, a seven-time NBA All-Star, is not eligible to play in

NBA games in New York, San Francisco or Los Angeles due to

local coronavirus protocol. He stands to lose about $380,000

per game and more than $15 million if he continues to refuse

to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The NBA star still stands

to bag close to $20 million without playing a single game,

according to reports.


CNN writes that the Nets, “will be required to pay Irving for

about 40 away games should he remain on the team since it

was their decision to keep him off the court.”


Here’s more from the outlet: 

The seven-time All-Star is in his third year of a four-year,

$136 million contract signed with the Nets in 2019. He was

expected to earn more than $34 million this season,

according to The NBA and NBA Players

Association reportedly agreed on a pay reduction of 1/91.6 of

a player’s salary for each game missed by an unvaccinated

player due to the local vaccine mandates, ESPN reported.

Irving stands to lose about $380,000 per game and potentially

more than $15 million, ESPN reported. That would still leave

Irving about $19 million — and secure his standing among

the 100 highest-paid players in the league — without playing

a single minute.



Irving has defended his vaccine stance on Instagram. As

reported by ESPN, he said: “I chose to be unvaccinated, and

that was my choice, and I would ask you all to just respect

that choice. … You really think I want to lose money? You

think I really want to give up on my dream to go after a

championship? You think I really just want to give up my

job? Think I really just want to sit at home and not go after

the things with my teammates that I have been able to grow

with, to learn with, to learn that it takes sacrifice in this

space. … You think I want to give up my livelihood because of

a mandate, because I don’t have accommodations, because I

am unvaccinated? Come on.”


Nets general manager Sean Marks announced that Irving

“will not play or practice with the team.”

“Given the evolving nature of the situation and after

thorough deliberation, we have decided Kyrie Irving will not

play or practice with the team until he is eligible to be a full

participant. Kyrie has made a personal choice, and we

respect his individual right to choose,” Marks stated.

“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,” he

added. “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.

We are excited for the start of the season and look forward

to a successful campaign that will make the borough of

Brooklyn proud.”


According to reports, Irving is giving up about half of his $35

million salary by missing home games.





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