Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving’s superfans gathered outside to protest in front of the Barclays Center. They waved flags and signs while often chanting “No vaccine mandate, stand with Kyrie”.
Brooklyn Nets Commotion and Distractions Continue
Several people stood around outside the arena and on the street blocking traffic on the main roads near the stadium. Many expressed a similar mindset for Irving’s decision not to take the vaccine. Ultimately, Irving sacrificed his entire season as a Brooklyn Net due to his failure to comply with New York City’s mandate.
At one point, a few of the protesters attempted to push past the barricades and gain entrance through the front doors. While some were successful, the threat seemed harmless while there was plenty of police present at the Barclays. They continued to chant “My body, my choice”. The commotion held fans up from getting into the game. Midway through the first quarter, there were still lines of fans waiting to get to their seats, and the stadium was half full.
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“Barclays Center briefly closed its doors today in order to clear protestors from the main doors on the plaza and ensure guests could safely enter the arena,” a Barclays Center spokesperson said in a statement. “Only ticketed guests were able to enter the building and the game proceeded according to schedule.”
Irving’s Decision and Reasoning behind it
Irving has yet to attend any of the Nets’ three games thus far. This occurred shortly after the organization parted ways with Irving, deciding he cannot play in road games and become a part-time player. He hasn’t been present near the team or within the facilities. However, the Nets have said they will welcome Irving with open arms. That is, whenever he’s ready to comply with the city’s mandate.
Irving addressed the vaccine and his choice several weeks back on an Instagram live.
“I chose to be unvaccinated, and that was my choice. I would ask you all to just respect that choice,” Irving said. “I am going to just continue to stay in shape, be ready to play, be ready to rock out with my teammates, and just be part of this whole thing. This is not a political thing; this is not about the NBA, not about any organization. This is about my life and what I am choosing to do.”