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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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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