New York Mayor Bill de Blasio made a public statement on Wednesday urging Nets star Kyrie Irving to get vaccinated against COVID-19.
“I’m a Kyrie fan,” the mayor said on CNN. “I’ll just call on him – get the shot.
âYour fans want to see you. We all want you to come back. Your teammates want you to come back. Look, there are now teams that are 100% vaccinated. This is a great example for everyone.
While de Blasio wants to see Irving on the court, the seven-time NBA All-Star declined to comment on his vaccination status Monday on Nets Media Day via Zoom, saying he wanted to “keep this private.”
Irving did not attend Brooklyn media day in person due to New York City Health and Safety Protocols. Additionally, Irving’s status to play at home is uncertain as the city requires players to have proof of vaccination to participate in major indoor events, including basketball games, unless a player get any exemption.
âLiving in this public sphere, there are a lot of questions about what’s going on in Kyrie’s world, and I would just like to keep this private and handle it the right way with my team and move forward with a plan, âIrving said. , via Zoom Monday.
Irving plans to join the squad for training camp in San Diego by ESPN’s Zach Lowe and Brian Windhorst. Although his vaccine status has not been officially confirmed, Yaron Weitzman of FOX Sports reported last week that Irving was not vaccinated.
A story of Rolling stone over the weekend noted Irving’s mistrust of the coronavirus vaccine. The article noted that the Net Guard had started liking Instagram posts and following an account that claims “secret societies” are planting vaccines in a plot to connect black people to a master computer for “a plan to Satan”.
While Irving has decided not to get the shot, de Blasio is convinced Irving can change his decision and hasn’t let his fans down.
“We have weeks and weeks before the start of the season,” said the mayor. âI think his fans are going to tell him, ‘Come on, join us, help us, let’s protect everyone – protect your own family, protect your teammates, protect your community.
The Nets open the preseason game on October 3 against the Lakers.
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