With New York City mayor Eric Adams phasing out COVID-19 vaccine mandates in New York City, Kyrie Irving will be cleared for Brooklyn Nets home games.
In the unofficial case between Kyrie Irving vs. The City of New York, it seems that Irving has finally won out after all these months. The controversial Nets guard who has become a poster boy for unvaccinated athletes has yet to receive the COVID-19 vaccine—and according to NYC Mayor Eric Adams, he’s no longer going to need it to play in Nets home games.
NYC repealing COVID-19 vaccine mandate, giving Kyrie Irving an unexpected win
The COVID-19 vaccine mandates have limited Irving’s role this season, as he was unable to participate in games until the team began allowing him to play away games in 2022. The Nets could have benefitted from Irving’s contributions, as their 31-28 record currently has them at No. 8 in the Eastern Conference.
Irving’s absence also contributed to the stress that caused a rift between Kevin Durant and James Harden, which eventually pushed Harden out of Brooklyn. While Durant lobbied to have Irving participate in away games this season, he noticed Harden’s apparent disinterest in bettering himself for the Nets early in the season.
Irving has continuously refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine, even in light of Durant’s knee injury in mid-January. “That’s my decision already, and I’m standing on it,” Irving said.
“In terms of where I am with my life outside of this, I stay rooted in my decision and that’s just what it is,” Irving said. “It’s not going to be swayed just because of one thing is this NBA life that somehow it’s brought to my attention to being more important than what’s going on in the real world. It’s just not happening for me.”
But having Kyrie Irving back at home, adding Ben Simmons to the roster, getting Kevin Durant back soon and the potential return of Joe Harris could have the Nets dialing it up to finish out the season.
Could the Nets finally be rounding into form?