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…

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Jay Williams Reveals He Got Death Threats for Defending Kyrie Irving

Previously, Stephen A. Smith and Jay Williams got into a heated exchange over Kyrie Irving and the issues the player is dealing with in terms of the COVID-19 vaccine. Smith went on to say, “I’ve been covering the NBA now for almost 25 years. This is some of the stupidest nonsense I’ve ever seen. Just flat-out stupid.” Williams responded and went on to defend Irving for his takes. Since then, Williams revealed he received death threats for defending Kyrie Irving. While speaking to TMZ, Williams spoke on the backlash he’s been receiving,…

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Shaq Gets a Stephen A. Smith Hairline in Honor of Sports Commentator’s Birthday

‘; NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal commemorated Stephen A. Smith’s birthday by sporting the ESPN commentator’s signature look. Shaq received a haircut in the style of Stephen A’s receding hairline on Thursday and took several Instagram photos. He also included a video post, where he recited Mike Epps’ hairline song from the Ice Cube film, All About The Benjamins. “Happy birthday to my good friend  A S,” Shaq wrote in his caption. “I’m rocking my hairline like this all season. All because you are my favorite guy. Love you young…

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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…

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Kyrie Irving Parts Ways with Roc Nation

NBA superstar Kyrie Irving has reportedly parted ways with his agent at Roc Nation Sports after less than two years. NBA analyst Jordan Schultz appeared on Thursday’s episode of ESPN’s First Take to break the news on the same day as the 2021 NBA Draft. “Kyrie Irving is gonna be firing Roc Nation, which is a pretty big deal,” Schultz said. “He’s now going through his second agent in less than two years and it just happened. I’m not sure exactly what it means from a strategic standpoint, but it…

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Richard Jefferson Calls Out Kevin Garnett for Criticizing Kyrie Irving

Many in the sports world rallied around Kyrie Irving after a Celtics fan threw a bottle of water in his direction as he was exiting the court. The incident was the latest in a string of occurrences in which NBA fans have disrespected players and their families at games. Despite the support Irving received, Kevin Garnett and other Celtics called out the guard for disrespecting the Celtics’ logo prior to the bottle-tossing incident. “So nobody gonna say anything about Kyrie stomping ‘Lucky?’ We just gonna act like we didn’t see that going on,” Garnett…

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Kyrie Irving Fined $50K, Forfeits Over $800K in Salary for COVID-19 Violation

  The NBA handed down a $50,000 fine to the Nets’ Kyrie Irving after the star guard violated the league’s COVID-19 policy. In addition to the $50K, Irving will have to quarantine for five days, and, as the New York Times’ Marc Stein tweeted, Irving “will forfeit more than $400,000 in salary per game for those missed during quarantine at a rate of 1/81.6 of his season salary.” Stein calculates Irving could see a total of $870,000 in forfeited salary. Irving was cited, per a statement from the NBA, for…

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Kyrie Irving on Being Fined for Media Policy Violation: ‘I Do Not Talk to Pawns’

The Brooklyn Nets and their star guard Kyrie Irving were each fined $25,000 for violating the league’s media policy following Irving’s refusal to speak with reporters and, instead, providing a prepared statement via social media. In response to the fine, Irving took to social media again and offered up some choice words for the league’s front off and the media. Irving indicated that he hopes the money from the fine is used for “marginalized communities in need.” He also said, “Stop distracting me and my team and appreciate the art.…

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