Kyrie Irving will not play or practice for the Brooklyn Nets until he meets the local COVID-19 vaccination requirement

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving said Wednesday that he is unvaccinated against Covid-19, a day after his team said the seven-time All-Star would not be allowed to begin play this season because of his status.

Irving had until now refused to publicly disclose his vaccination status, but on Tuesday, Nets general manager Sean Marks said he would not play or practice with the team until he met eligibility requirements.
The NBA had warned the Nets as well as the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors that new Covid-19 policies set by local governments will prohibit any unvaccinated player from playing in home games in New York City and San Francisco.

Chris Haynes, senior NBA insider for Yahoo Sports, shared a portion of Irving’s Instagram Live where the Nets’ guard shared his outlook on not getting the vaccine.