Irving has so far refused to publicly disclose his vaccination status, but on Tuesday Nets general manager Sean Marks said he will not play or practice with the team until he meets eligibility requirements. Wouldn’t do it
“Kyri has made a personal choice, and we respect her individual right to choose. This option currently restricts her ability to be a full-time member of the team, and we can recommend any member of our team with a part-time Will not allow to participate. Availability,” Marks said.
“What would you do if you felt uncomfortable going out in season when you were promised remission or would not be forced to get vaccinated?” Irving said. “It wasn’t an issue before the season started. It wasn’t something I prepared for to come and strategize on what was going to be best for me and my family.”
Irving’s playing status was in doubt
But the team issued its ultimatum on Tuesday, saying that Irving would not be able to play any match for the Nets.
“It is imperative that we continue to build chemistry as a team and remain true to our long-established values of solidarity and sacrifice,” Marx said. “Our championship goals for the season have not changed, and achieving these goals should pull every member of our organization in the same direction,” he said.
“You think I really want to give up on my dream of going after the championship?” Irving said in the video on Wednesday. “Do you think I really just want to quit my job? You think I really want to sit at home and not leave my peers behind the things I’ve grown to learn with? “
Irving said he had no intention of retiring. “Don’t believe I’m going to leave this sport to live without a vaccine mandate or a vaccination,” he said.
The Nets begin their 2021-22 season on Tuesday against the defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks.
CNN’s Jill Martin, Jacob Lev, Jack Bantock and Ben Church contributed to this report.