Remember that post from Kyrie Irving on Twitter about taking your mask off and how he explained it had nothing to do with the pandemic. It turns out, it had everything to do with it.
Irving could be barred from home games due to his reported refusal to receive the coronavirus vaccine. If the season were to begin today, the Nets guard would not be allowed to enter his home court at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center due to New York’s vaccine mandate for indoor activities.
On Saturday, Rolling Stone published a look at the NBA’s vaccination issue where Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving has reportedly bought into some wild theories on the internet.
From the report:
“Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.”
According to a Fox Sports report, the NBA has attempted a number of strategies to encourage unvaccinated players to receive the vaccine, including providing scientific data on the vaccine’s safety and benefits, relaxed protocols for vaccinated players and even postseason incentives.
“We tried everything,” one NBA staff member said. “None of it mattered.”
Social media has ripped Irving a new one online: