Basketball sensation Kyrie Irving will be benched this season as long as he doesn’t receive a COVID-19 vaccination. It’s hard to figure out where Irving is getting his vaccination information from but many hope it’s not from the same source that had him convinced the Earth was flat. With New York City implementing the COVID-19 vaccine mandate, Irving would only be able to play on-road games.
So the Brooklyn Nets gave him two options, either get vaccinated or take the 2021-22 season off. The first option would be the best, as they are paying Irving US$34 million per year to play with Kevin Durant and James Harden. With two of the best players in the league, Irving can help deliver an NBA title to Brooklyn.
If Irving chooses the second option, his salary will get cut down to $16 million but he can stay glued to the couch. General Manager Sean Marks and owner Joe Tsai, together decided that letting him play at eligible road games would not be worth the disruption. In a conference Marks said “Will there be pushback from Kyrie and his camp?… I’m sure that this is not a decision that they like. But again, this is a choice that Kyrie had, and he was well aware of that.”
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