Due to the city of New York’s COVID-19 real evidence requirements, Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving will miss the team’s media day.
NEW YORK’S BROOKLYN — Because of New York City’s COVID-19 regulations, Brooklyn Nets player Kyrie Irving did not attend the team’s media day at Barclays Center on Monday, and he refused to disclose his immunization status or how he plans to handle the situation.
Mayor Bill de Blasio from Nyc issued an executive order last month requiring pro athletes who train or play inside in the city to provide evidence of at least one vaccination injection.
When questioned about the issue via Zoom, Irving repeatedly sought privacy and said that he intended to share additional information later.
“I know that no matter what happens, I’ll be there every day and just be there for my teammates as one of the team’s leaders and be there for my expanding tribe off the court,” Irving said.
“I understand that concentration must be at an all-time high with no distractions. More diversions, more fuss, and more drama surrounding this is the last thing I wanted to generate. With good intentions and a decent heart, I’m trying my best to keep this going.”
Kyrie Irving is scheduled to go to San Diego with the club later Monday and play in training camp this week, according to ESPN sources.
According to an NBA spokesperson, the league would not comment on whether any players have sought a waiver from the legislation.
Last week, the NBA denied Golden State Warriors forward Andrew Wiggins’ request for an exemption from similar legislation in San Francisco. Each city would also have to provide an exception to allow a player to participate in games without being vaccinated.
“That is up to Kyrie to decide, and that is his own choice. It is not for us to guess what could happen as a result of what he does “Kevin Durant, a member of the Brooklyn Nets, stated. “We have faith in Kyrie Irving, and I believe we will have our whole squad at some time.”
Teammate James Harden added, “Obviously Ky is a big part of what we’re trying to accomplish.”
Kyrie Irving has recently participated in pickup games with teammates, according to other Nets players during media day. Two weeks ago, the new ordinance went into force.
Last week, Nets operations manager Sean Marks said that there were still a “few of individuals” who were not in compliance with the new rule, but that everyone should be ready by the start of camp. Except for Irving, all of the Nets’ players were present on Monday.
“We are sure that in the days leading up to camp, everyone will be able to participate completely,” Marks stated at the time.
On Oct. 8, the Nets will play their first preseason game in Brooklyn. They play the Los Angeles Lakers in their first preseason game on the road on Sunday.
Harden and Irving both spoke about their contract situations on Monday. Kyrie Irving could sign a four-year deal for up to $182 million, while Harden could sign a three-year extension worth up to $161 million. Both players said that they are still in talks with the club, but that they are still considering their options and are not in a hurry to make a decision.
In August, Durant agreed to a four-year, $198 million contract deal. If neither Irving nor Harden signs a new contract, they will be free agents in 2022.
“For me, it’s not about the money,” Harden added. “I’ve been on enough teams that have failed. So my attitude and aim are just to make sure we’re able to develop and continue to grow this squad so that we can compete at the top level for many, many years. The money will come if you win a championship in New York.”