The Brooklyn Nets have a lot more patience than Shaquille O’Neal when it comes to Kyrie Irving and his stance on the COVID-19 vaccine. On Wednesday, he gave his take on the situation and said the Brooklyn Nets should trade Irving immediately.
During an appearance on Tiki and Tierney, O’Neal blasted Irving and stated the team needs to part ways with him to avoid any further drama.
“I would go upstairs and say ‘get (Kyrie) up out of here. Get him up outta here’…” O’Neal said when asked what he would say if he was Irving’s teammate on Tiki and Tierney Wednesday. “Whoever owns the Brooklyn Nets, get his ass up outta here.”
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on Irving’s situation and urged him to get the vaccine.
“I really want to see Kyrie get vaccinated, I want to see the whole team stay healthy and safe this whole season,” de Blasio said. “We have a chance to win the championship for Brooklyn. It’s staring us in the face, let’s go get it. It’s an amazing, amazing team. I want everyone [to be] safe and healthy. It’ll be a great moment for Brooklyn when they win that championship.”
When asked about his vaccine status on Media Day, Irving told reporters to respect his privacy at this time.
“Again, I would like to keep all that private,” Irving said. “Please just respect my privacy. Like, at all the questions kind of leading into what’s happening, you know, just, please, everything will be released at a new date, once we get this cleared up. But as of right now, just please respect my privacy regarding anything on home games, what’s happening, vaccination. Please.”