Brooklyn Nets Kyrie Irving is not allowed to play until eligible. Nets general manager Sean Marks said Tuesday that Irving’s decision not to comply with the COVID-19 vaccine mandate left the organization with their “hands tied”. Until Irving is fully able to participate, the Nets weren’t left with many choices.
“Ultimately, yes,” Marks told reporters. “He has a choice to make, and he made his choice. … Again, my job here is to make what we deem as the best decision. The best choices for the organization moving ahead as a whole. They’re not always ones that are going to be met with open arms and a thumbs-up. These are hard decisions. Just like I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Kyrie either to have to make that [decision] to not be around his teammates.”
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The Brooklyn Nets Making Best Decision for The Team
Early this week, the Nets released a statement from Marks stating that the team will allow Irving to have “part-time availability”. However, he would be welcomed with open arms back. That is, after he complied with New York City’s mandate.
The vaccine mandate has been effective since last month. The mandate states that anyone entering an indoor gym must have had at least one COVID-19 shot. As a result, Irving wouldn’t be able to play in 43 regular-season games. There are 41 games that take place at the Barclays and two preseason games. Marks confirmed the amount of money Irving would be sacrificing if he doesn’t set foot on the court for half of the season. The Nets are penalizing Irving roughly $380,000 per game, via ESPN.
The organization made the right move in their eyes going forward regarding the whole Irving dilemma. This problematic issue has been around since training camp for the Nets when he joined the media from home because he couldn’t join the team physically.
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“We’re just trying to navigate this thing,” Nets coach Steve Nash said before Monday’s game when asked why the team chose to leave Irving at home. “We don’t really know what’s going to happen tomorrow. So I think really it’s … we’re just trying to take our time to figure out what everything means.”
Kyrie Irving’s Message to Set the Record Straight
Irving put his foot down as he ensures that the final decision will be his decision.
“Kyrie has made it clear he has a choice in this matter, and it’s ultimately going to be up to him what he decides,” Marks said. “We respect the fact that he has a choice and he can make his own right to choose. Right now, what’s best for the organization is the path we are taking, and I don’t want to speak for Kyrie. At the right time, I’m sure he will address his feelings and what the path may be for him.”
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